Three Lebanese soldiers were killed Saturday, when a hidden explosive detonated at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.

The blast occurred as Lebanese forces dismantled bombs, booby traps and land mines left by Islamic militants inside the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp. One other soldier was seriously wounded in the explosion.

At least 79 Lebanese troops have been killed since the government began its drive last month to expel Fatah al-Islam militants from the camp.

On Thursday, Lebanese officials declared an end to major combat at the camp. A Palestinian mediator said that Fatah al-Islam also declared a ceasefire and welcomed an end to the fighting.

At least 50 militants and more than 20 civilians were also killed in the conflict.


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