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UN peacekeepers injured by Lebanon bomb

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Two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb in Lebanon. According to local security sources, the men are Irish.

It was the third attack on the more than 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping force since it was expanded in 2006, after the war between Israel and Hezbollah.

The explosion happened near the town of Rmaileh, 35 kilometres south of Beirut, near a large Palestinian refugee camp.

Virtually all the 160-strong Irish contingent left Lebanon last October, leaving just a handful of officers behind.

In June six soldiers — three Spaniards and three Colombians — were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

Past attacks have been linked to Islamist extremist groups.