Hizbullah Claims Responsibility For Border Blast

BEIRUT (Reuters) -

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah claimed responsibility on Wednesday for explosions which wounded four Israeli soldiers near the border last week.

Nasrallah told Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen news that Hizbullah fighters planted bombs in an area in southern Lebanon they knew in advance Israeli soldiers would pass through, and detonated one of the bombs when a first group of special forces reached the area.

A second bomb was triggered when Israeli reinforcements arrived on the scene, Nasrallah said, giving the group’s first account of an incident about which Israeli military officials have given few details.

The Lebanese army said last week the Israeli soldiers had crossed 1200 feet into Lebanese territory when the blasts occurred. An Israeli spokesman said only that four soldiers were wounded during “an activity near the border.”