Arrests Made in Attempted Sale of Radioactive Material

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Police in Slovakia and Hungary arrested three people and seized 2.2 pounds of an unspecified but "dangerous" radioactive material the suspects were trying to sell for $1 million, Slovak authorities said Wednesday.

The Czech news agency CTK, citing unconfirmed reports, said the material seized by authorities was enriched uranium. Slovakia's border with Ukraine is the European Union's easternmost frontier, and authorities have spent millions tightening security, fearing that terrorists or organized-crime syndicates could smuggle weapons and other contraband into the EU.


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