Lebanese leader vows to find UN bomb attack culprits
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman called on French peackeeping forces Friday to stay in his country and vowed to find those responsible for a roadside bomb that wounded five French troops.
"I am confident that a country such as France, which spares no efforts to achieve peace in the entire world, will not yield to such a provocation," he said at a joint press conference with Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian.
"I am confident that a country such as France, which spares no efforts to achieve peace in the entire world, will not yield to such a provocation," Sleiman said in the Armenian capital Yerevan.
Five French soldiers and two civilians were wounded on Friday when a powerful bomb struck a UN peacekeeping vehicle in the Lebanese coastal town of Tyre, according to a security official.
Sleiman vowed that the Lebanese authorities would make serious efforts to track down and detain the attackers.
"Lebanon's security agencies will do everything to find and arrest those responsible for the explosion and to prevent the repeat of such tragedies in the future," he said.
UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrols have been the target of a string of unclaimed roadside bomb attacks in recent years, including two in 2011.
Friday's attack took place amid heightened tension over the bloody uprising in neighbouring Syria, with politicians and diplomats warning the unrest could spill over into Lebanon, whose government is dominated by the pro-Syrian militant group Hezbollah.
© 2011 AFP