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Bomb in Lebanon strikes UN convoy

Lebanese soldiers stood guard yesterday next to a destroyed Italian UN armored vehicle. Lebanese soldiers stood guard yesterday next to a destroyed Italian UN armored vehicle. (Mohammed Zaatari/Associated Press)
Associated Press / May 28, 2011

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BEIRUT — A roadside bomb ripped through a UN convoy carrying Italian peacekeepers in southern Lebanon yesterday, wounding six of them in the first such attack since 2008, officials said.

“It was an attack against UNIFIL,’’ said Italian General Santi Bonfanti, second-in-command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, ruling out that the blast was specifically aimed at Italians.

Bonfanti, speaking on Italian state television, said one soldier had undergone surgery and another was still in surgery. He said the other soldiers were in good condition.

The explosion struck as the peacekeepers traveled on the main highway in Sidon, leaving a crater in the road.

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