Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Hand-Grenade Mishap

Israeli soldiers stand in the Golan Heights overlooking Syria March 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
IDF soldiers stand in the Golan Heights overlooking Syria, in 2014. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

Two IDF soldiers were killed Sunday morning in an explosion on the Golan Heights, IDF officials announced Sunday afternoon. The explosion, an accident, occurred during a military exercise, officials said.

The two soldiers were named as Shlomo Rindanao, a lone soldier, age 20, whose family lives in New Jersey, and Hussam Tafash, 24, a resident of Beit Jann. Three other soldiers were injured in the incident.

An initial investigation showed that a hand grenade that was being carried by one of the soldiers in his flak jacket exploded as the soldier was traveling in an army vehicle. The soldier was killed, and several other soldiers were badly injured. One of the soldiers died of his injuries.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. The IDF withheld announcement of the incident until all families could be informed, the army said.