Department store withdraws a wooden toy based on a Soviet-era rocket launcher.
Regent Street department store Liberty has issued an apology for selling a wooden toy version of a Katyusha – the rocket launcher which was used by Hezbollah militants to bombard Libya last year.
Available in pink and yellow, the wooden toy is made by the Dutch design company Kids on Roof. The company says its toys are "not meant to shock. Let kids play war peacefully – as they have been doing for centuries and will do for centuries to come".
A spokesperson for Liberty told The Independent that the ordering of the toy was an ‘oversight’.
"These toys have sold out on the website and in the store," the statement read. "It was an oversight in terms of ordering something without thinking through what it was.
"[Kids on Roof] does trucks and cars made of wood, things that our customers really like. But the rocket launcher was an oversight on our part. We do not condone warfare and we apologise for any offence caused. We won't be selling anything like that again."
[Source: The Independent]
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