Oct 8 2013
By Basem al-Rikabi
Azzaman, October 8, 2013
The southern Province of Dhi Qar wants to buy modern bomb detection devices from British and Swiss firms, Governor Yahya Baqer said.
He said the companies, which he refused to name, have agreed to supply the province with “detectors that will expose bombs and other explosive material.”
Baqer added that the gadgets were highly advanced and would help security organs to prevent bomb attacks.
“The provincial government is very keen to equip the security forces and as soon as possible with such devices,” he said. “This is a strategic project which will also include the installation of a highly advanced monitoring system.”
Dhi Qar, of which the city of Nasiriya is the provincial capital, is one of the few Iraqi provinces to be added to the country’s oil-producing regions.
Oil-producing provinces are entitled to $2 from each barrel of oil they produce. The foreign cash is mainly used for reconstruction projects, but the upsurge in violence has made security a priority.
Iraq had previously signed multi-million dollar contracts with foreign firms for the supply of such equipment.
But most of the bomb detection devices which were imported had turned out to be fake and as a result failed to prevent bomb attacks.
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