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Monday, 4 September, 2000, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Calls for 'bomb factory' probe
Peter Kabluczenko, Soldier of Fortune
Peter Kabluczenko refused to discuss the operation
An MP has called for an investigation after a BBC investigation exposed a business selling bomb-making manuals and mines.

Clwyd West MP Gareth Thomas believes the business is selling devices that are illegal under the Landmines Act 1998.

A convicted arms smuggler and a former leading fascist are running the business selling bomb manuals and anti-personnel mines from an industrial estate in Corwen, Denbighshire, BBC Wales's current affairs programme Taro Naw has revealed.

Gareth Thomas MP
Gareth Thomas: "No room for complacency"
The mail-order business - trading under the name Soldier of Fortune - is based at two units at Ty'n y Llidiart Estate on the outskirts of Corwen.

The two men behind the company are Peter Kabluczenko - jailed in 1987 for smuggling British Army anti-tank missiles to Loyalist terrorists in Northern Ireland - and another man once linked to the extreme right-wing British Movement.

The manuals they sell give precise instructions on how to make devices similar to those made by the London nail bomber David Copeland, recently jailed for life for attacking a Soho pub.

And the anti-personnel "groundmines" are marketed as burglar deterrents.

One of these mines - which operate by foot pressure or tripwire - was accidentally set off by a postman in Bridgend, south Wales.

He was blown off his feet and is still off work six months after the blast.

Call to investigate

MP Gareth Thomas, a barrister, said he believes the devices are illegal.

He has called on North Wales Police to investigate the company further saying "there's no room for complacency."

When Mr Kabluczenko was confronted by the television investigators, he denied that he had sold the bomb-making manuals.

He claimed he had stopped selling them 12 months ago.

But the Taro Naw team had bought the manuals from Soldier of Fortune over the past few months.

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