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Search Under Way for Killers of Three Unifil Soldiers

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A search is under way for unknown gunmen who fatally shot three Irish soldiers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) yesterday and wounded a fourth. The latter is expected to be able to offer some clues to the identity of the killers when he recovers from the heavy sedation administered because he was in a state of shock.

The killings occurred at the Irish-manned check-post near Tibnin village in south Lebanon, a UNIFIL spokesman said. He said each soldier was hit by 6-7 bullets fired at point-blank range. The search is being carried out by UNIFIL troops and elements of the Lebanese army.

The dead men were identified today as Cpl. Gregory Morrow, 20, and Pvts. Peter Barke, 20, and Thomas Murphy, 19. The wounded soldier is Pvt. Michael MacAleavy, 21.

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