Two Norwegian Peacekeepers Wounded in Mine Explosion
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ Two Norwegian soldiers serving with the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon were wounded in a mine explosion in a southern Lebanese village on Sunday, U.N. spokesman Timur Goksel said.
He said both soldiers underwent surgery at a U.N. field hospital in the border town of Naqoura. A Norwegian officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the leg of one of the soldiers had to be amputated.
Goksel said the mine exploded at 3:25 p.m. near the soldiers’ position in Blat, in Israel’s self-proclaimed security zone. The zone overlaps with the peacekeeping force’s area of operations in south Lebanon.
He would not disclose the peacekeepers’ ranks or names, pending notification of their families.
Norway has an 881-man contingent serving with the nine-nation, 5,800-strong peacekeeping force. They were deployed in 1978 after a brief Israeli incursion into south Lebanon.