Libya uranium: Armed group says missing barrels recovered


A Libyan armed group claims to have discovered the barrels of pure uranium that went lacking in southern Libya.

A spokesman for the self-styled Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA), Khaled Al Mahjoub mentioned on Fb that the barrels had been discovered 3 miles (5 km) from a warehouse the place they had been being saved.

A video posted by Mahjoub confirmed a person carrying a hazmat swimsuit vocally counting 18 blue barrels that allegedly include the lacking pure uranium. The IAEA had mentioned that “10 drums” had been lacking from the warehouse.

A complete of two.5 tons of pure uranium within the type of uranium ore focus had been reported lacking by the Worldwide Atomic Power Company [IAEA] this week, after inspectors performed verification actions Tuesday.

“We’re conscious of media stories that the fabric has been discovered, the Company is actively working to confirm them,” the IAEA mentioned on Thursday. CNN reached out to the IAEA to verify whether or not the barrels discovered by the LNA are the identical ones reported lacking by the UN nuclear watchdog.

The barrels had been saved in a guarded warehouse in southern Libya, however the guards had been stationed additional away over issues of radioactivity, Mahjoub mentioned in a submit on Fb.

A barrel-sized gap was discovered lower open to the facet of the storage warehouse, Mahjoub added.

Mahjoub claimed {that a} Chadian group may need been chargeable for stealing the barrels considering it was arms, however deserted the barrels after not correctly understanding what was inside. The LNA didn’t present proof to help that declare.

The group additionally mentioned that forces had been tasked with guarding the warehouse after an IAEA staff visited the warehouse in 2020 and marked the barrels containing uranium.

The IAEA had mentioned that the lacking uranium posed “little radiation hazard however it requires protected dealing with.”

“The lack of data concerning the current location of nuclear materials might current a radiological danger in addition to nuclear safety issues,” the IAEA mentioned earlier than the LNA assertion.

Libya has had little peace or stability because the 2011 NATO-backed rebellion towards Moammar Gadhafi. The nation cut up in 2014 between warring factions within the east and west.