Three French UN troops wounded in Lebanon blast

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Three French soldiers serving with the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon were wounded on Tuesday in a roadside bomb attack in the southern city of Sidon, a security official told AFP.

"The blast took place as the vehicle was travelling along the coastal road, near the southern entrance of the city," said the official, who did not wish to be identified.

An AFP correspondent at the scene said the soldiers sustained wounds to their faces and hands and that one of them was transported to hospital.

An army spokesman told AFP the bomb was placed on the side of the road and was triggered as the vehicle -- a troop carrier -- drove by.

The front of the vehicle was badly damaged and several parts were blown 20 to 30 metres (yard) by the force of the blast.

Members of the French contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) rushed to the site along with Lebanese troops, who cordoned off the area and began gathering evidence.

In May, six Italian peacekeepers were wounded in Sidon in a similar roadside bombing.

© 2011 AFP

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