Belarusian Police Seize Weapons, Radioactive Materials from Crime Ring
The Belarusian Prosecutor's Office arrested members of a gang based in the town of Kalinkavichy, Gomel Oblast, who planned to plant radioactive materials in Internal Affairs Ministry offices in Kalinkavichy and Mazyr, Gomel Oblast, Belapan reported on 6 March 2002. Belarusian police seized four containers with radioactive material from gang members, as well as firearms, a grenade, and explosives. The report does not identify the radioactive material involved in the case. Investigation by the Prosecutor's Office has identified 20 gang members, and 17 have been arrested and charged with 100 crimes committed in Gomel and Brest Oblasts from 1998-2000, including premeditated murder, robbery, intentional destruction of property, and theft.
Abstract Number: 20020130
Headline: Belarusian Police Seize Weapons, Radioactive Materials from Crime Ring
Date: 6 March 2002
Bibliography: FBIS Document CEP20020306000194
Orig. Src.: Belapan, 6 March 2002
Material: Radioactive isotopes?
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