WORLD : 3 Irish U.N. Peacekeepers Killed by Land Mine Explosion in Lebanon

From Times wire services

Three Irish soldiers serving with the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon were killed today by an exploding land mine as rival Christian and Muslim forces fought in Beirut for a ninth day, authorities said.

Security sources said the mine was near the village of Hadatha on the edge of Israel’s self-declared “security zone,” 7 miles north of the Israeli border. Members of U.N. Interim Forces in Lebanon dismantled another mine near the site, peacekeeping sources said.

The soldiers were on a road usually used by the Irish battalion of the multinational peacekeeping force deployed in southern Lebanon since 1978, but the mine may have been intended for Israeli troops, they said.