TEL AVIV (Jun. 19)
Two terrorists were killed and two captured Tuesday morning in a gun battle with troops of the Israel-supported South Lebanon Army in the southern Lebanon security zone just north of the Israeli border.
One of the dead men was an SLA defector, according to a report from Tyre in southern Lebanon.
The report said the SLA unit was on patrol near Nakoura at the western end of the security zone, where the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is headquartered.
A car with four occupants aroused their suspicion. When the driver ignored orders to halt, the soldiers opened fire. The car overturned, but the occupants continued to return fire until two were killed and a third wounded and captured.
The fourth man fled but was soon caught.
SLA sources said the terrorists were equipped with large quantities of explosives.