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Insurgents seize nuclear material in Iraq

The UN nuclear watchdog says insurgents in northern Iraq have seized nuclear material. But it says the substance does not pose a significant security risk.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday the Iraqi government informed them that nuclear material was taken from a university in Mosul.

Sunni Muslim militants control much of the northern part of the country, including the nation's second-largest city of Mosul.

Reuters reported the militants seized nearly 40 kilograms of uranium compounds housed at Mosul University. It said the Iraqi government is asking the United Nations to help prevent terrorists in Iraq or abroad from using the nuclear material.
The IAEA says that on the basis of the initial information it believes that the material involved is low grade and does not present a significant safety, security or nuclear risk.

But it says any loss of regulatory control over nuclear and other radioactive materials is a cause for concern.

Jul. 10, 2014 - Updated 22:27 UTC