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Dutch look at "dirty bomb" scenario before summit

Friday - 3/21/2014, 9:44am  ET

During a practice scenario displaying a fictional dirty bomb, part of the contents of a dirty bomb are spilled from a backpack onto the passenger seat of a car, as experts with the Netherlands Forensic Institue NFI show how to secure evidence from a fictional crime scene, during a meeting on security technology Thursday, March 20, 2014, in The Hague, Netherlands, ahead of the upcoming March 24 and 25 Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Ahead of a summit of world leaders on nuclear security next week, Dutch experts are showing off techniques that could be used to prevent or respond to a terrorist attack with a "dirty bomb" -- one that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives.

The key items, according to Hague Security Delta director Rob de Wijk, are the need for governments to know what resources are available and for nuclear scientists to collaborate with criminal investigators.

In a demonstration Thursday, experts from the Netherlands' Forensic Institute ran through the scenario of an attack in Rotterdam, Europe's largest port. Technology on display included fixed scanners capable of detecting radioactive material inside shipping containers on the back of moving trucks and a portable scanner to analyze hazardous material at a suspected crime scene.

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