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According to 1996 Amended Protocol II to the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons:
'Booby-trap' means any device or material which is designed, constructed or adapted to kill or injure, and which functions unexpectedly when a person disturbs or approaches an apparently harmless object or performs an apparently safe act.
Booby-traps may be constructed with explosives or non-explosive weapons.
Last updated on: 30 November 2013