Israeli Soldier Killed, Four Wounded in Terrorist Attack in Central Sidon

An Israeli soldier was killed yesterday and four others were wounded when an unarmored personnel carrier truck was attacked by three terrorists in the central square of Sidon in south Lebanon. The death of the soldier brought to 601 the number of fatalities sustained by the Israel Defense Force in Lebanon since the IDF invaded that country in June, 1982. The three terrorists were apprehended.

According to military sources, the truck was part of an IDF convoy which included a jeep. It was described as a “safari” vehicle, with a roof and open sides. Sold- iers sit back-to-back on two parallel benches on the truck and face outwards with their weapons primed to fire on attackers from either side.

The truck was passing through “Sand Square” in central Sidon, a junction where the main northsouth and east-west highways meet. It is heavily travelled by IDF units and has been frequently the scene of attacks.

As the vehicle passed a parked car in the square, three terrorists emerged, opened fire on the convoy at close range and tried to escape in their car, military sources said.

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