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Mexico on alert after nuclear material theft

MEXICO CITY: Authorities in Mexico put several states on alert Monday after thieves stole nuclear material used in medical equipment that is dangerous if not handled properly. The iridium was inside industrial X-ray equipment that was stolen from the back of a truck in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco state, an interior ministry statement said. "This was industrial equipment that included Iridium-192... which can be dangerous for people if it is taken out of its container," the statement said. It issued a warning for Jalisco,…