Australian foreign minister claims IS militants trying to create radioactive 'dirty bomb'

12:41, 09 June 2015

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said that the Islamic extremist group Islamic State, which now controls territory in Iraq and Syria, is trying to create radiological weapons, Russian news agency TASS has reported.


The Islamic State terror group is believed to have collected radio­active material from hospitals and research establishments in cities it has captured in Iraq and Syria, raising fears it could build a large “dirty” bomb, newspaper The Australian reported, with reference to  the Australian Foreign Ministry.

Last week Bishop also warned of IS’s attempts to get access to the chemical weapons.

"The recruitment of highly technically trained professionals, including from the West, have revealed far more serious efforts in chemical weapons development," Bishop said.

According to her, IS militants "have used chlorine during attacks in Iraq."

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