Lebanon Bomb Kills Six UN Soldiers

Suicide attack piques terrorism worries; Fatah al-Islam suspected
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2007 4:46 AM CDT
Lebanon Bomb Kills Six UN Soldiers
thern Lebanon, a senior Lebanese security official said. Sunday's deadly explosion was the first time that UNIFIL has come under attack since it was reinforced last summer after the war between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli forces in Lebanon.(AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatrai)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A car bomb killed six members of a Spanish UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon  yesterday, in the first attack in a year on peacekeepers there. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing near Khiyam, but observers suspect Fatah al-Islam, the same al-Qaeda-spawned Sunni group that battled Lebanon at the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp last month.

The group had previously accused UN forces of aiding the Lebanese army in its five-week siege of the camp, a charge UN forces have denied. Peacekeepers haven't been killed in Lebanon since last summer's war with Israel, when four observers died in an airstrike in Khiyam. (Read more Fatah al Islam stories.)

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