TEL AVIV (Jan. 5)
An Israeli civilian who was kidnapped yesterday while delivering heavy heating fuel oil to Israeli army units in Lebanon was found dead today on a deserted road south of Damour, some six miles from where his abandoned truck had been found earlier, an army spokesman said.
The 32-year-old civilian, who was not immediately identified, was discovered with his hands tied behind his back and a single bullet in his head, according to Israel Radio. The army said it is searching for the assailants.
Army sources said that the fuel tank driver might have left the convoy in which the truck had been travelling to make some purchases in Lebanese shops. An army colonel has been appointed to investigate the incident.
In another incident, two Israeli soldiers were wounded in Lebanon today when an explosive charge went off on the side of the road as their convoy was passing south of Beirut. According to standing army instructions, all Israeli vehicles, including civilian, must travel in convoys of at least three vehicles and must be accompanied by several armed men.