Mexico recovers stolen radioactive material, safeguards intact

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say they have recovered hazardous radioactive material stolen last week from the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco.

The Interior Ministry says the material, Iridium 192, used for industrial radiography, was found sealed in its container on a pedestrian walkway in Cardenas, the same town where it was stolen. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the container was not "opened or manipulated" and posed no threat.

Robbers last Thursday stole a truck containing the material, which authorities said could cause grave injury to anyone handling it even for a short time.

It was the fifth theft of radioactive material in Mexico in little over a year. The hazardous material has been recovered in all cases.

The theft last week prompted an alert in five states.

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