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Two IDF soldiers wounded by mine near Lebanon border

An Israeli army engineering vehicle carrying out routine work was hit by the blast.

IDF artillery fires into Lebanon after Hezbollah fired 19 rockets into Israel, Aug. 6, 2021. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90.
IDF artillery fires into Lebanon after Hezbollah fired 19 rockets into Israel, Aug. 6, 2021. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90.

Two Israeli soldiers were wounded on Tuesday when a mine detonated near the border with Lebanon.

The blast struck an army engineering vehicle performing routine maintenance work along the frontier, the Israel Defense Forces said.

One soldier was moderately injured and the other lightly hurt. They were both evacuated to the hospital for treatment.

The IDF said that the incident was not an attack but that it was probing what set off the mine and why it was not detected.

The military asked the public to act responsibly by not disseminating rumors about the incident.

Earlier on Tuesday, the IDF reported that the terrorist responsible for the roadside bombing along the Route 65 highway in northern Israel on March 13 had used a ladder to climb over the border fence.

The terrorist was not spotted by IDF lookout posts, nor did he set off detection systems, according to the IDF.

The bomb, which was placed behind a barrier near the Megiddo Junction some 18 miles southeast of Haifa and 37 miles from the Lebanese border, detonated at around 6 a.m., seriously wounding Shareef ad-Din, 21, a resident of the Israeli Arab town of Salem.

After the blast, the IDF, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Police launched an intensive search for the terrorist, including the establishment of roadblocks in northern Israel. The terrorist, who was equipped with a suicide vest and a rifle, was killed by security forces after being stopped at a checkpoint near the village of Ya’ara.

Security sources believe the suspect likely planned to carry out an additional attack before possibly seeking to return to Lebanon.

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