Page last updated at 12:58 GMT, Friday, 28 January 2011

UK government promoted useless 'bomb detectors'

The UK government has admitted that the Army and UK civil servants helped market so-called "bomb detectors", which did not work, around the world.

Export of the "magic wand" detectors to Iraq and Afghanistan was banned on 27 January 2010 because of the threat they posed to British and allied troops.

The move followed a BBC Newsnight investigation showing they could not detect explosives - or anything else.

Now Newsnight has learned that they are still being sold around the globe.

Broadcast on Thursday 27 January 2011.

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