A booby-trapped car blew up near the south Lebanon security zone Thursday afternoon, killing three soldiers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and three Lebanese. Three UNIFIL soldiers, two Lebanese civilians and a soldier of the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army (SLA) were injured. The UNIFIL soldiers were members of the Fijian contingent.
The car, a Mercedes, ran through a UNIFIL roadblock about 10 kilometers north of the Rosh Hanikra border checkpoint in an apparent attempt to reach the Israel border. It came under fire as it approached an SLA roadblock, turned around and returned to the UNIFIL roadblock where it was stopped by Fijian soldiers. As Fijian and SLA soldiers approached, the two occupants of the car blew it up with themselves inside.
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