What is a dirty bomb?
Along with the dirty bomb, the Russian defense minister was talking about a bomb that would be similar to the atom bomb, but with less destructive effects. The radioactive waste released from it can cause massive destruction. A dirty bomb is a weapon made by preparing radioactive material. Elements like uranium are used in this bomb.
When this bomb explodes, explosives and radioactive elements are released into the air. This bomb does not contain dangerous radioactive elements like the atomic bomb. Rather, this bomb is made by mixing radioactive elements from hospitals and nuclear power stations. Because of this, it is much cheaper and quicker to produce than an atom bomb. This bomb is easily carried on a vehicle.
A weapon of terror
There is a risk of serious diseases like cancer due to radioactive elements. Because of this, the use or threat of this bomb can cause panic in a population. Wherever this bomb is tested, people are first evacuated and then the place is left forever. According to the Federation of American Scientists, if a bomb contains 9 grams of cobalt-60 and up to five kilograms of TNT, it can destroy New York’s Manhattan for decades. Therefore, these bombs are called weapons of mass destruction.
Try several times
It is also true that such bombs are very reliable. In a dirty bomb, any type of radioactive material has to be turned into powder to destroy the target area. But if its particles become very fine, then the damage caused by them is negligible. Till now there is no example of successful use of dirty bomb in the world. Although it has been used many times.
When was the experiment?
In 1996, Chechen rebels used a dirty bomb containing dynamite and cesium-137 in Moscow’s Izmailovo Park. Cesium is extracted from cancer treatment devices. Security forces detected the bomb and defused it. In 1998, Chechen intelligence found a similar bomb that was defused. The bomb was planted near the railway line.
Al Qaeda’s weapon!
In 2002, Jose Padilla, an American citizen, contacted Al Qaeda. He was arrested. Jose was planning to use a similar bomb in Chicago. Jose was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Two years later, another Al Qaeda terrorist, Dhiren Barot, a British citizen, was arrested in London. Dhirane was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was trying to carry out terrorist attacks in America and Britain with the help of this bomb. Neither of them had started the process of making a dirty bomb.
Russia is just spreading propaganda
According to the US-based Study of War (ISW), this statement by the Russian Defense Minister is part of the strategy. The institute says the statement is only intended to halt military aid to Ukraine or slow down the pace of the war. It could also be that Russia wants to intimidate NATO forces.
Russia wants to experiment
It is also possible that Russia wants to detonate a dirty bomb in Ukraine. At the same time, he is preparing to falsely blame the Ukrainian forces for this. However, according to many military experts, Russia is not so stupid. He knows that if a dirty bomb explodes, his soldiers will also be affected and may harm the areas under his control. ISW says that there is no possibility of use of this dirty bomb by the Russian side.