Authorities in Lebanon have identified suspects in the shooting attack that killed 24-year-old Irish United Nations peacekeeper Private Sean Rooney and injured three others on December 14.
The attack took place near the village of Al-Aqbiya in Lebanon’s south, an area known to be a stronghold of Hezbollah.
A judicial official has stated that the investigation has identified suspects, but so far none have been arrested and the security services are still searching for them.
According to the official, the attack appeared to be premeditated and the UN patrol had been followed and monitored by a car carrying armed men.
One of the injured peacekeepers, 23-year-old Shane Kearney, has been medevaced to Ireland for emergency surgery to treat head injuries.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was established in 1978 to monitor the withdrawal of Israeli forces after they invaded Lebanon. The force acts as a buffer between Lebanon and Israel and operates near the southern border.