The Islamic State (ISIS) has enough radioactive material to make a ‘Dirty Bomb’ according to a high ranking official.
Having already obtained enough material for a nuclear dirty bomb, the Jihadi fighters are now plotting to start a nuclear war.
The loot of radioactive material is thought to have been taken from government controlled captured areas in the recent year.
NATO members are worried the radioactive material could be turned into a bomb. Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop says NATO fears the looted material from government-controlled research centres and hospitals across ISIS captured regions could be turned into a nuclear weapon.
The Daily Express reports:
The radioactive matter is thought to have been destined for use by authorities for health and science research – but it has now fallen into the hands of ISIS radicals.
Ms Bishop claimed the jihadi organisation had recruited “highly technically trained professionals” and was already using chlorine as a weapon.
She added that ISIS was “prepared to use any and all means, any and all forms of violence they can think of, to advance their demented cause.
“That includes use of chemical weapon.”
A former commander of the British army’s chemical weapons unit has spoken out in support of the Australian foreign minister’s comments, calling the development of a dirty bomb by ISIS a “very real threat”.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon also described as “worrying” reports that ISIS fighters had got hold of chemical weapons previously controlled by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s troops.
Middle East expert Afzal Ashraf told Express.co.uk that the group’s long-term plan hinged on obtaining the deadly weapon.
He said: “The most likely place to get it from is Pakistan.”
There are fears the group’s campaign of terror could escalate in the coming month to mark the start of Ramadan on June 18.
ISIS has in the past carried out major operations to coincide with the Islamic holy month.