Three Israelis Killed, 21 Wounded by Landmines on Egyptian Border

Three Israel soldiers were killed and 21 wounded today in one of the most serious landmine incidents to occur along the Egyptian border in months. Of the 21 wounded, six are in critical condition.

Two military vehicles were patrolling the area north of the Ketziot settlement in the Nitzana area this morning when the first vehicle struck a landmine. The second truck rushed up to the scene and found two dead and many wounded. Upon its return to base the second vehicle hit a mine and further casualties were inflicted.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman charged tonight that three Egyptian infiltrators, wearing rubber soled boots, had penetrated Israel territory for two miles to plant the landmines. The bombs were placed between 7 P.M. last night and 3 A. M. this morning, the Israelis established.

NEXT STORY