Iraqi premier orders "immediate" withdrawal of fake bomb detectors

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders the immediate withdrawal from security checkpoints of fake bomb detectors sold by a British company, after the killing of more than 100 people in a Baghdad car bomb attack claimed by Islamic State.

Al-Abadi orders the Interior Ministry to erect screening gates to check vehicles for explosives at the entrances to the capital.

The BBC reported in 2013 that a British businessman was jailed for 10 years in Britain for selling the fake bomb detectors, which it said were "modelled on a novelty golf ball finder", to Iraq and other countries. Iraqi authorities previously ordered their withdrawal but they remained in use in an apparent bid to provide a false sense of security.

Al-Abadi also orders intensified use of aerial surveillance and intelligence to discover militants' hideouts.

Last update: Sun, 03/07/2016 - 23:44
Author: 

More from World

McLaren: Russia duped international sport, 1,000 athletes involved

Russia has duped international sport "on an unprecedented scale" with more than 1,000 athletes implicated in a...

Indonesia's quake toll revised to 100 as president pledges rebuilding

The death toll from an earthquake that devastated parts of Indonesia's Aceh province has been revised to 100 from...

US reaffirms military and financial commitment to Afghanistan

The United States of America renewed its financial and military commitment to Afghanistan ahead of the changeover to...

Russia: Syrian military only temporarily stopped attacks in Aleppo

Syria's military stopped attacks on rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo only temporarily on Thursday to allow...

Norwegian Refugee Council employee arrested in South Sudan

The humanitarian organization Norwegian Refugee Council (NRS) said Friday that one of its employees has been...