Libya uranium: Armed group says missing barrels recovered


A Libyan armed group claims to have discovered the barrels of pure uranium that went lacking in southern Libya.

A spokesman for the self-styled Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA), Khaled Al Mahjoub stated on Fb that the barrels have been discovered 3 miles (5 km) from a warehouse the place they have been being saved.

A video posted by Mahjoub confirmed a person sporting a hazmat go well with vocally counting 18 blue barrels that allegedly comprise the lacking pure uranium. The IAEA had stated that “10 drums” have been lacking from the warehouse.

A complete of two.5 tons of pure uranium within the type of uranium ore focus have been reported lacking by the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company [IAEA] this week, after inspectors performed verification actions Tuesday.

“We’re conscious of media reviews that the fabric has been discovered, the Company is actively working to confirm them,” the IAEA stated on Thursday. CNN reached out to the IAEA to verify whether or not the barrels discovered by the LNA are the identical ones reported lacking by the UN nuclear watchdog.

The barrels have been saved in a guarded warehouse in southern Libya, however the guards have been stationed additional away over considerations of radioactivity, Mahjoub stated in a publish on Fb.

A barrel-sized gap was discovered lower open to the aspect of the storage warehouse, Mahjoub added.

Mahjoub claimed {that a} Chadian group may need been liable for stealing the barrels pondering it was arms, however deserted the barrels after not correctly realizing what was inside. The LNA didn’t present proof to assist that declare.

The group additionally stated that forces have been tasked with guarding the warehouse after an IAEA group visited the warehouse in 2020 and marked the barrels containing uranium.

The IAEA had stated that the lacking uranium posed “little radiation hazard but it surely requires protected dealing with.”

“The lack of information in regards to the current location of nuclear materials might current a radiological threat in addition to nuclear safety considerations,” the IAEA stated earlier than the LNA assertion.

Libya has had little peace or stability for the reason that 2011 NATO-backed rebellion in opposition to Moammar Gadhafi. The nation break up in 2014 between warring factions within the east and west.