A British demining expert was killed Thursday in an explosion from a cluster bomb in southern Lebanon left over from last year's Second Lebanon War, a UN spokeswoman said Thursday.
The explosion went off as the explosives expert was sweeping for mines and other ordnance in Bint Jbeil province between the villages of Kounin and Ainata, killing him instantly, said Dalya Farran, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center (MACC).
The man, whose identity was not revealed pending notification of next of kin, was working as a supervisor for ArmorGroup, a British-based company that has been clearing unexploded ordnance and cluster bombs in south Lebanon for MACC since September last year.
The United Nations and human rights groups accuse Israel of dropping about four million cluster bomblets during last year's July-August war with Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. UN ordnance-clearing experts say that up to 1 million failed to explode and now endanger civilians in the area.