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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Smugglers Arrested

MINSK, Belarus () -- Belarussian police arrested five people Thursday for attempting to smuggle six containers of radioactive materials out of the former Soviet republic, a report said.

The exact type of the materials was not immediately clear, but the containers emitted radiation three times higher than normal background radiation for the area, security officials told Interfax.

Police estimated the containers were worth about $50,000. The group had been storing the materials in a cellar near shelves stacked with homemade preserves, and were preparing to ship the radioactive cargo abroad.

Agents from Belarus' elite Alpha security force arrested the five in the town of Borisov, 60 kilometers northeast of Minsk, the report said.