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Britain will scrap some bombs for safety

March 21, 2007|From the Associated Press

LONDON — Britain on Tuesday ordered its military to stop using cluster bombs that lack self-destruct mechanisms, a move aimed at preventing the weapons from harming civilians.

Defense Secretary Des Browne said the weapons, also known as dumb cluster bombs, would be withdrawn immediately and destroyed.

Cluster bombs disperse hundreds of "bomblets." Unexploded bomblets can lie dormant for years until disturbed.

The military will continue to use "smart" cluster bombs, which can self-destruct, Browne told lawmakers in a statement.

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