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MILITARY experts fears terrorists could track down one of the many nukes lost during the Cold War and target the west with a horrific dirty bomb.
Dozens of nuclear warheads are known to have gone missing during the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s – with many disappearing to the ocean floor.
The US lost at least eight atomic bombs with a combined explosive force 2,200 times the Hiroshima bomb
In 1961, a B-52 carrying two 24-megaton nukes disappeared into a swamp in North Carolina.
The American Defence Department has already confirmed the loss of at least eight atomic bombs – with a combined explosive force 2,200 times the Hiroshima bomb.
The Russians have never disclosed their missing weapons – known in military circles as ‘broken arrows’.
However, according to the Berlin Information Centre for Transatlantic Security up to 50 nukes have been lost across the world since the 1950s.
Most of these highly dangerous weapons are still lying on the ocean floor after military planes and subs – from both sides – sank without a trace.
And although experts say they would probably be no use as a working weapon they could easily be salvaged and the uranium used to build a so-called dirty bomb.
A dirty bomb or radiological dispersal device (RDD) is a weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives.
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Isis terror fanatics – who have been working to bolster their ranks with a team of jihadi scientists capable of creating a dirty bomb – have already launched chemical attacks in Syria and Iraq.
Finding a missing nuke would be the ‘holy grail’ for any terror group, say security service insiders.
Now experts say the jihadis want to develop nuclear weapons that mark the biggest threat to Europe since end of the cold war.
Moshe Kantor, head of the Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, warned: “Isis has already carried out numerous chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
“We know it wants to go further by carrying out a nuclear attack in the heart of Europe.
“This means the threat of a possible ‘dirty bomb’ attack on a Western capital is high.”Tuesday, January 03, 2017