(United Press International) Civil authorities and law enforcement agencies in southern Mexico were put on alert Thursday after radioactive material was stolen from a vehicle -- probably by thieves who didn't know what they were taking, investigators said.
The stolen material was identified as iridium-192, which is a compound used in medical and industrial radiography, officials said. It was removed from a vehicle in Cardenas in the state of Tabasco, near Mexico's border with Guatemala.
The Mexican government advised five southern states of the theft and warned anyone who might come across the radioactive material to notify authorities immediately -- without handling the iridium-192, which can be deadly upon exposure.
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