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African Nation, Group, Or Individual Trying To Buy Uranium by Mariory(m): 9:08am On Jun 30, 2011
Moldovan police have arrested six people suspected of trying to sell a type of uranium that can be used in nuclear weapons.

Those held wanted to sell more than 1kg (2.2lb) of uranium-235 with a value of at least $20m (14m euros; £12m), an official said.

The were conflicting reports as to whether the men were accused of trying to sell the uranium to an African country, or to an African national

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Uranium-238 is the most commonly found, naturally occurring form of the substance.

The type needed for nuclear fuel and weapons is the less common uranium-235.

"The container with uranium has been in Chisinau for a week," said Mr Briceag. "All that time intermediaries were looking for buyers. The container, 20cm [8in] long and 40cm [16in] in diameter, was found at one of the detained men's apartments."

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The Associated Press quoted Mr Briceag as saying the uranium had come from Russia and the suspects were trying to sell it to a North African country.

[size=14pt]But other reports cited Mr Briceag as saying the men wanted to sell the uranium to a Muslim citizen of an unnamed African state.[/size]

It was not clear to what level the uranium was enriched
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13968903

Is the Poo about to hit the fan? What if it was Boko Haram or some other Nigerian extremist group trying to buy this type of Uranium?

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