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arms industry

Swedish weapons export under fire

Published söndag 6 mars 2011 kl 11.59
The shells are used in the Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle. Photo: Tobias Wallström/Scanpix

Sweden should stop selling a controversial new type of ammunition to other countries, according to the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society. The ammo, known by some US soldiers as "the mincer" contains over a thousand small metal spikes, and is used in the Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle.

The shells have been sold to around five countries, according to the government agency that keeps track and restricts Swedish weapons exports. They say that the shells follow all international conventions and are only sold to approved countries. But the Peace and Arbitration Society wants the sales of the rounds to be stopped, calling the fact that Sweden exports weapons such as these "reprehensible".

The organisation's president, Anna Ek, told Swedish Radio News, "It smashes everything, even civilians that might get in the way".

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