UNIFIL said a logistics convoy was targeted along the main highway near
Sidon. The peace-keeping force said six officers were injured, one of them
Earlier reports said a UN officer was killed. UNIFIL, which denied
casualties, said two Lebanese civilians were also injured, Middle East Newsline reported.
This marked the first major attack on UNIFIL in nearly three years. The
13,500-member force has long been on alert for attacks by the
Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah and Al Qaida. The last lethal bombing of a
UNIFIL patrol was in 2008.
Several contingents in UNIFIL have been examining the prospect of
reducing or withdrawing from the mission. France and Italy have maintained
the largest presence in the peace-keeping force, which in 2010 stopped
patroling Shi'ite villages amid Hizbullah threats.
"In the aftermath of this attack UNIFIL's determination and commitment
to our mandate is ever stronger," UNIFIL said. "We are continuing our
operations in south Lebanon together with the Lebanese Armed Forces for the
implementation of our mandate under resolution 1701. At the same time, the
security of UNIFIL personnel is paramount and we have further strengthened
our security measures."