TEL AVIV (Jul. 9)
Two Israeli soldiers were slightly wounded in the first of two suicide car-bomb attacks in the south Lebanon security zone today which killed 10 Lebanese civilians and two soldiers of the Israel-backed south Lebanon Army (SLA). The drivers of both cars were killed instantly.
The Israeli soldiers were wounded when a Peugot 504 car, apparently driven by a woman, exploded at the border check post at Ras Bayda on the coastal road. The post is staffed by the SLA. According to Israel Defense Force sources, the Israeli soldiers were there as instructors. Ten minutes later, a car driven by a man was stopped by SLA guards on the road to Hasbiya in the eastern sector of the security zone. The driver left the car to have his papers examined. Suddenly, he raced back to his vehicle and triggered an explosion which killed the soldiers and civilians. Many of the latter were in their own cars which were struck by the blast as they waited in line at the checkpost. Israeli sources said the two suicide attacks were probably coordinated.