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Radioactive stock missing in Nigeria

©Associated Press

March 1, 2003

UNITED NATIONS -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has sent an emergency mission to Nigeria to help find an undisclosed amount of missing or stolen radioactive material, the agency said Friday.

Nigeria asked the U.N. nuclear watchdog's Emergency Response Center for help earlier this month after the materials disappeared from an oil company in the southern Niger Delta oil region.

Agency workers arrived Feb. 16, an agency representative told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Among the missing material is beryllium, a cancer-causing, radioactive material also used in the nuclear industry, the Vienna-based agency said.

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