IDF soldier killed by Lebanese sniper fire

( Israel Defense Forces Master Sgt. Shlomi Cohen, 31, was killed Sunday night by Lebanese sniper fire while he was on patrol near the Israel-Lebanon border. 

The Voice of Lebanon radio station reported that the shooter, a member of the Lebanese army identified as Hassan Ibrahim, fled his post after the incident but returned to his base Monday morning. It was unclear why the shooter, who apparently acted alone, had opened fire.

“We will demand that the Lebanese army first of all provides an explanation of exactly what happened there, and whether this is really a rogue soldier, what they did with him, and what the Lebanese army plans to do to prevent incidents of this type,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.

Posted on December 16, 2013 .