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UN Peacekeepers Killed in Lebanon to Receive State Funeral


Six U.N. peacekeepers killed in a car bomb attack in southern Lebanon earlier this week are expected to receive a state funeral in Spain Tuesday.

The six peacekeepers were part of a Spanish U.N. contingent. Three of them were from Colombia.

On Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Security Council condemned what they called a "terrorist attack" that killed the six peacekeepers on Sunday.

The United Nations said Mr. Ban has called for a full investigation and hopes Lebanon's government succeeds in bringing those responsible to justice.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing - the first deadly attack on the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon since last year's war between Israel and the Lebanese-based Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah.

In other news, two Lebanese soldiers were shot dead Monday by militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.

More than 80 Lebanese troops have been killed since the government began its drive last month to expel Fatah al-Islam militants from the Nahr al-Ared refugee camp.

Last week, Lebanese officials declared an end to major combat at the camp. A Palestinian mediator said Fatah al-Islam also declared a cease-fire.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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