Cluster bomb kills land mine clearing expert in south Lebanon

A cluster bomb left over from the Second Lebanon War exploded in southern Lebanon on Thursday, killing a Lebanese mine clearing expert and wounding three others, security officials said. The bomb went off in the town of Nabatiyeh as the experts were trying to dismantle it, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The killed expert was identified as Abbas Jaber, a member of the British-based Mine Advisory Group which has been working in southern Lebanon since the withdrawal of Israeli forces from a border area in May 2000. Jaber's death brings to at least 31 the number of people killed by cluster bomb and land mine explosions in Lebanon since the 34-day war ended in a UN-brokered cease-fire last August.