Irish Army on alert in Lebanon after bomb
Published 10/12/2011 | 05:00
IRISH troops were on alert in south Lebanon last night after the first roadside bomb attack in the United Nations area of operations since the Irish contingent arrived, writes Tom Brady.
Five French peacekeepers and a Lebanese civilian were injured by the blast, which destroyed a military jeep on the outskirts of the city of Tyre.
Irish troops had passed by the spot, which is 27km north of battalion headquarters in Tibnin, barely an hour beforehand.
It was not clear last night if the bombers had specifically targeted the French or had randomly attacked a UN vehicle.
This was the third attack against the peacekeepers this year. The two previous roadside bombs were set off on the coastal road near Sidon in May and July, injuring French and Italian troops.