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Turkish police detain suspects selling uranium
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Reuters) - Paramilitary police arrested two Turks Tuesday
after they attempted to sell weapons-grade uranium to undercover officers,
The suspects had agreed to sell the officers 2.56 pounds of uranium of a
quality that could be used to develop a nuclear weapon, the police
official told Reuters.
The arrests came the same day President Bush warned Eastern European leaders
that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network could be seeking nuclear weapons to
step up its fight against the United States.
Bush said bin Laden's agents were active in at least 60 countries. The
president named bin Laden as the prime suspect behind the hijacked
airliner attacks on New York and Washington that killed about 4,800
Turkey's state-run Anatolian news agency reported the men bought the
weapons-grade uranium earlier this year from an unidentified source, who
had brought the uranium from an Eastern European country into Turkey.
The suspects offered the uranium, wrapped in newspaper, to the officers for
$750,000, Anatolian said.
Turkey's state nuclear research authority was now in possession of the
material, the agency said.
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