- 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…