A published report claims Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are supplementing their bombs with dirty needles in order to infect enemy fighters. The British tabloid The Sun says the fear is that the needles are contaminated with HIV or hepatitis.
The newspaper says the tactic was exposed by former British Army officer Patrick Mercer. He says the syringes are buried along with landmines and other IEDs. They are pointing upwards so they could prick bomb experts as they hunt for devices.
Or, if the bomb goes off, the needles become potentially deadly flying shrapnel.
"Are there no depths to which these people will stoop? This is the definition of a dirty war," Mercer said.
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Razor blades are also being used. All British bomb search teams have been given protective Kevlar gloves to use in their missions.