TEL AVIV (Aug. 21)
An Irish officer serving with the Irish contingent of UNIFIL was killed and two Irish soldiers were wounded in a roadside explosion in the security zone of southern Lebanon Thursday. That blast occurred as a UNIFIL patrol passed along the road near Tira village northwest of Bint Jbail, some five kilometers north of the Israel border. Another roadside bomb exploded near an Irish patrol Wednesday but there were no casualties.
Following Thursday morning’s explosion, the Irish soldiers arrested two Lebanese found carrying equipment for the manufacture of explosives and roadside charges. The material was confiscated and the Lebanese were handed over to the Lebanese police. Since UNIFIL was sent to south Lebanon, 127 of its soldiers have been killed, 19 of them from the Irish contingent.