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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Strontium Suspects

KIEV -- Security forces detained five people who allegedly stole radioactive strontium-90 from a military base, kept it in their apartment and at one point carried the cancer-causing material in a pants pocket, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Police began tracking the five, all from an impoverished coal-mining region in eastern Ukraine, after learning they were trying to sell 28 containers with the nuclear material for $168,000, said Oleksandr Batyshchiv, a senior police officer in Donetsk.