In the wake of an alert released by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, State-of-the-art scanners will monitor the city of Rio for tell-tale traces of radiation. Experts from the United Nations have sent state-of-the art detection equipment to Brazil over fears suicidal Muslim terrorists will target the Olympics with a devastating ‘dirty bomb’.
The IAEA has loaned hi-tech radiation monitors – including personal detectors and portable scanners – for use on the ground throughout the Games. In addition, troops have received training in hazmat suits and have been rehearsing for a ‘dirty bomb’ attack outside the National Stadium. Officials explained that a Dirty Bomb is not technically a nuclear device, but instead is a weapon which combines radioactive material with explosives designed to spread a cloud of highly radioactive material over a large population area.
Brazil’s anti-terror chief has already admitted there is a ‘credible threat’ ISIS will target Rio next month and said ‘numerous measures’ are being taken to prevent any attack. Counter terrorism director Luiz Alberto Sallaberry said the threat had increased dramatically in recent months due to attacks across Europe. He also pointed to a rise in what he described as the number of Brazilian nationals suspected of sympathizing with ISIS terrorists.
The ‘dirty bomb’ fears increased following the attacks in Brussels amid claims the brothers at the heart of the plot had tried to obtain nuclear materials so they could build their own bomb. A dirty bomb or radiological dispersal device (RDD) is a weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. It can be easily assembled and prove extremely devastating.
The purpose of the weapon is to contaminate the area around the explosion with radioactive material. Experts say although stealing and detonating a nuclear weapon is highly unlikely, a small amount of radioactive material could be combined with explosives to make a dirty bomb capable of contaminating a vast area. There are also fears sufficient material could be fashioned into a crude vehicle-borne drivable atomic weapon. Earlier this year, Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said a nightmare radioactive attack is a big fear.
Brazilian officials said last week that they have called in elite Israeli Special Forces to help guard against terror attacks at next month’s Olympic Games Adding yet another layer of security to the international event. Armed police stand guard outside the Olympic Athletes Village
He said: “We have seen ample proof that terrorist organizations like Isil have no regard for innocent human life or international norms, and that only redoubles the need for us to have effective international nuclear security approaches.”
The Vienna-based IAEA said: “Upon request and under the terms of the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, (we are) also prepared to provide assistance in the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency.”
Wow, I don’t know about you, but I feel safer already. Oh, and by the way, it is a known fact that last summer, thefts in Mexico stole a large sample of nuclear material from a hospital, which despite the best efforts of both Mexican and U.S. personnel, has never been recoved.
The Sun News Agency contributed to this story.
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