Malaysia sees no terror link in radioactive item lost 1 week

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian police said Tuesday the disappearance of an industrial item containing radioactive material more than a week ago appeared to have no link to terrorism.

Two technicians reported the device missing while they were transporting it Aug. 10 from the southern Negeri Sembilan state to their company's office in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur, police said in a statement.

Police detained the two workers for a week to assist in the investigation but released them as no evidence linked them to the device's disappearance. Local reports have said the two claimed they didn't stop during the trip and feared the device fell off the truck.

They said they are working with the Atomic Energy Licensing Board to find the device and track the culprits. Police didn't say what they believe was the reason for the device's disappearance except to rule out terrorism.

Police said the 23 kilogram (51 pound) device used in industrial radiography contains 50 curies of radioactive iridium and can cause health problems depending on the level of exposure.

Local media said the device was reportedly used to detect cracks in metals in the energy, power and transportation sectors.

Must Read

The Latest: Official says school applied for safety approval

Sep 14, 2017

A fire department official says the initial investigation into a fatal dormitory fire in Malaysia...

Malaysian PM leads protest in solidarity with Palestinians

Dec 22, 2017

Malaysian prime minister leads thousands of Muslims in a rally to show solidarity with...

Faulty Takata air bag kills 6th person in Malaysia

Jan 30, 2018

Japanese carmaker Honda says another person has died in Malaysia after a flawed Takata air bag...

Malaysia opposition pledges to axe tax, investigate scandal

Mar 9, 2018

Malaysia's opposition coalition has pledged to axe an unpopular good and services tax and reopen...

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

May 16, 2018

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon,...

Weather, 20 December
Houston Weather
+7

High: +11° Low: -2°

Humidity: 83%

Wind: NNE - 7 KPH

Canberra Weather
+27

High: +27° Low: +17°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: W - 20 KPH

Roissy-en-France Weather
+6

High: +6° Low: -5°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: ENE - 7 KPH

Florence Weather
+9

High: +9° Low: +6°

Humidity: 97%

Wind: ENE - 17 KPH

Parga Weather
+7

High: +16° Low: +4°

Humidity: 100%

Wind: SE - 25 KPH

About Us

In Malaysia Corner, we’re here to bring back those days where you can still catch up with everyday news no matter which corner you are at.

Contact us: sales[at]malaysiacorner.com