booby trap

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booby trap

n. a device set up to be triggered to harm or kill anyone entering the trap, such as a shot gun which will go off if a room is entered, or dynamite which will explode if the ignition key on an auto is turned. If a person sets up such a trap to protect his/her property he/she will be liable for any injury or death even to an unwanted intruder such as a burglar. Setting a booby trap is also a crime.

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In October, 2009, the female partner of a PSNI dog handler suffered injuries after a car booby-trap device partially exploded at Kingsdale Park.
An attempt to lay a similar trap against security forces was foiled in Nuwakot district near the capital on Sunday, a day after 20 security personnel were hurt in the same district when a booby-trap exploded.
As he was rushed to hospital, Army bomb experts were called to make safe a second booby-trap which was still armed, the High Court in Glasgow was told.
Last night, investigators were trying to discover whether they were killed by a Serb booby-trap or by a Nato cluster bomb which had lain unexploded in the building.
BAGHDAD, Oct 1 (KUNA) -- Up to six Iraqi policemen died and one officer survived death in a booby-trap car explosion in western Iraq on Monday, a police source said.