Iraq’s PM Orders Probe On Bomb Detectors

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official says the country’s prime minister has ordered a probe into the use of bomb-detection devices Iraq bought from a British company.

Nouri al-Maliki’s order on Sunday came one day after Britain banned the export of the hand-held machine ADE651 following media reports challenging its effectiveness.

Al-Maliki’s adviser Yassin Majid says the investigation committee will likely look into whether there was any corruption involved in Iraq’s purchase of the machines.

Majid wouldn’t say when the investigation will start or its timeframe.

A U.S. military study last June said the devices were ineffective, but Iraqi officials have defended the gadgets as useful in preventing deadly attacks.

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