An Israeli solider was killed and four others wounded, one of them critically, in a roadside bomb explosion near the Israeli border in the southern Lebanon security zone.
The Islamic fundamentalist Hezbollah movement claimed responsibility for the bomb attack Sunday in Kfar Kila, just several hundred yards from the Israeli border.
The wounded soldiers were taken to a hospital in Israel.
After the incident, heavy exchanges of fire between Israeli and Hezbollah forces were reported. Earlier Sunday, an Israel Defense Force soldier was wounded in a clash with Hezbollah fighters inside the zone.
On the Saturday, a soldier from the Israel-allied South Lebanon Army was killed and two IDF soldiers and another SLA soldier wounded in an attack.
Hezbollah, a militant Islami group based in Lebanon, is the main group that launches attacks almost daily to drive Israeli forces out of the 9-mile-wide zone, set up by Israel in 1985 to ward off raids on northern Israel.
Meanwhile, the Lebanese army blocked a road leading into the security zone to thwart any repeat of Israel’s mass expulsion of Palestinian militants in 1992 to the no man’s land north of the zone.