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booby trap

[′büb·ē ‚trap]
(ordnance)
An explosive charge such as a mine, grenade, demolition block, shell, or bulk explosive fitted with a detonator and a firing device, and usually concealed and set to explode when an unsuspecting person touches off its firing mechanism by stepping upon, lifting, or moving a harmless-looking object.
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Pte Manny Lynch, 19, below, part of a Black Watch convoy braced for roadside boobytraps and suicide bombs, said: "I'm angry and nervous.
The court will also hear from an expert in the health of newborn babies, and an engineer and surveyor who examined the dungeon to find out whether Fritzl rigged up boobytraps to gas or electrocute Elisabeth and the children if they tried to escape.
Part one of this three-show series concentrates on the IRA, whose deadly arsenal evolved over 30 years of the Troubles from nail bombs and crude car bombs to "barrack buster" mortars and mercury-activated undercar boobytraps.
Yesterday, a police team searched around his isolated farm - apparently to ensure no boobytraps or explosive devices had been laid.
NORTHERN Ireland troops were last night clearing mines and boobytraps from 4,500 square miles of southern Iraq.
It took 24 hours to clear the area of boobytraps and remove the weapons.
A Marine explosive expert, Staff Sergeant Colin Hill, said the arms hoard included thousands of rounds of ammunition, a Chinese-made rocket launcher, an anti-tank gun, an anti-aircraft gun, mortars, hundreds of grenades, AK-47 rifles, other rifles, explosives, timers, boobytrap devices, and bomb-making equipmen.
At one end of the 100ft barn the marines found the arms cache - a rocket propelled grenade launcher, missiles, grenades, small arms, rifles, 25 tubes packed with explosives, plastic explosive for boobytraps, fuses and detonation wire.
We step through row on row of charred houses, home now only to small families of potbellied pigs - and possibly boobytraps.
Meanwhile, twisted Serbs have left boobytraps in the homes of refugees returning to Kosovo.
They are also equipped with remote control robot vehicles which can be sent out to investigate boobytraps or suspected mines.