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Dirty bomb fears as ‘several kilos of URANIUM’ is found in cargo at Heathrow: Package ‘shipped from Pakistan to UK-based Iranians’ is at centre of Met Police anti-terror probe after being discovered when it triggered airport alarms

  • Shipment of uranium has been seized at Heathrow airport, sparking terror fears
  • The undeclared material was discovered on December 29 on a passenger flight 
  • It was destined for an Iranian business with a premises in the UK, sources say
  • The package originated from Pakistan and arrived on a flight via Oman

A major counter-terrorism investigation has been launched after several kilograms of uranium was seized at Heathrow airport.

The deadly nuclear material – which could potentially be used in a ‘dirty bomb’ – arrived on a flight from Oman, in the Middle East, on December 29.

The shipment was addressed to an Iranian-linked firm in the UK, it is understood.

Sources said the uranium was ‘not weapons-grade’ – and so could not be used to manufacture a thermo-nuclear weapon.

But the security services are understood to be investigating whether the undeclared package could have been destined for an improvised nuclear device, known as a ‘dirty bomb’.

Such a device – which has long been a nightmare scenario for counter-terror experts – combines conventional explosives with nuclear material to disperse a lethal radioactive plume.

The package originated in Pakistan before arriving at Heathrow’s Terminal Four aboard an Oman Air passenger jet from Muscat, sources told The Sun.

A shipment of uranium has been seized at Heathrow airport…


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