5 FRENCH TROOPS WOONDED IN SOUTH LEBANON
Five French soldiers serving with the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the southern city of Sidon, a security official said on Tuesday 07/26/2011.
“The blast took place as their vehicle was travelling along the coastal road, near the southern entrance of the city,” the official, who did not wish to be identified, said. An AFP news agency correspondent at the scene said the soldiers sustained wounds to their face and hands.
Three of them were taken to hospital, one of them in serious condition with burns to the face and shrapnel in one eye, a statement from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon – UNIFIL said.
An army spokesman said the bomb was placed on the side of the road and was triggered as the peacekeepers’ vehicle – a troop carrier – drove by. The troop carrier was fourth in a convoy of UN vehicles travelling in the area, Lebanese television reported.
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