Mid-east unrest

Swedish weapons spotted in Libya conflict

Libyan rebels fighting to overthrow the regime of Muammar Gaddafi appear to be using Swedish weapons despite a long-standing embargo on sales of military hardware to the North African nation. Images from a British television report show opposition fighters carrying old models of the Carl Gustaf anti-tank grenade launcher, manufactured by Sweden’s Saab Bofors Dynamics.

Andreas Ekman Duse, general director of the Swedish Agency for Non-proliferation and Export Controls, speculated that the guns may have been shipped from Britain, where they were earlier manufactured under license, adding that their export to Libya had to have taken place illegally.

Last Thursday, the Swedish government ordered a halt to arms sales to two countries in North Africa and the Middle East, without specifying which countries were included in the ban.

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