Originally published in WTOP
In the shadows of the fighting between Ukrainian military forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, potentially deadly radiological material has allegedly been removed from an underground bunker.
Ukrainian security service documents surfaced in early August suggesting the rebels and Russian scientists were working on a radiological dispersal device (RDD) –better known as a dirty bomb. The Russian government has since pointed the finger at Ukrainian forces.
But US officials and international experts fear a far greater threat looms.
Robin Simcox, Research Fellow at the London-based Henry Jackson Society, has spoken to security and intelligence officials in the U.K. who have been quietly wrestling with the threat of a dirty bomb detonation since shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
“It’s a problem we’ve been facing in the U.K. for some time now. There was a plot back in 2004 by some Al Qaida-inspired individuals planning to put together a dirty bomb and looking at places where they could detonate it, like a nightclub or football stadium – where they could maximize the impact.”