Seven charged over Lebanon attack that killed Irish soldier

Private Sean Rooney of Newtowncunningham in Co Donegal was killed last month when his peacekeeping convoy was attacked in Lebanon. Picture: Defence Forces/PA Wire
Staff reporter

SEVEN people have been charged in connection with the attack that killed Irish Army Private Sean Rooney in Lebanon last month.

The suspects have been charged by Lebanon's military tribunal over the attack on a convoy near the town of Al-Aqbiya in southern Lebanon on December 14.

Private Rooney (24) from Newtowncunningham in Co Donegal, was killed when gunmen opened fire on his convoy, which was part of the peacekeeping UN Interim Force in Lebanon.

His armoured vehicle had been on its way to Beirut when the attack happened.

Another Irish peacekeeping soldier, 22-year-old Private Shane Kearney, was seriously wounded in the ambush, while two other Irish troops sustained light injuries.

A man was arrested late last month in connection with the attack by the Lebanese military.

He was alleged to be "in cooperation" with Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which has denied any role in the attack.

The man and six other suspects have been charged over the attack, it was reported yesterday by Associated Press (AP).

Only the arrested man is in custody, while a search is underway for the other six suspects charged.

It was reported by AP that the UN peacekeeping force UNIFIL had not received information about the charges in the case.

Private Rooney, who had been stationed in Aiken Barracks in Co Louth was laid to rest in Co Donegal last month following a funeral service in Dundalk's Church of the Holy Family.