What in the world is this about?

BOGOTA, March 26 (Reuters) – Colombia said it seized at least 66 pounds (30 kg) of uranium from the country’s biggest left-wing rebel group on Wednesday, the first time radioactive material has been linked to the four-decade-old guerrilla war.

The uranium was found in a rural area long considered a Marxist guerrilla stronghold just south of the capital Bogota.

It is being examined by government experts, the defense ministry said in a statement, although it did not say where the material came from or what it could be used for.

“Uranium” covers a lot of territory. If it’s yellow cake, 30kg could make you sick if you spread it around your house. Would it be enough for a radiological weapon? LEU would be more serious and HEU would be pretty darned dangerous. Information, please.

If they’re shipping partially processed uranium ore 30kg. at a time, something like $5,000 worth, they’ve got a long ways to go before it’s good for much.

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  • Apparently, it’s depleted uranium, so of not much concern.

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