Seven suspects have been charged by Lebanon’s military tribunal over an attack that killed Irish peacekeeper Seán Rooney, according to reports.
AFP news is reporting that one named suspect and six other fugitives are facing charges over the attack in south Lebanon on December 14.
Private Seán Rooney from Newtowncunningham was shot dead and three of his colleagues were injured when their UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) vehicle was ambushed near the village of Al-Aqbiya. The village is a stronghold of Hezbollah, which has denied any role in the killing.
A source has revealed to media that one of the seven suspects is in custody after being handed over to the army by Hezbollah last month.
A search is underway for the six others who face charges relating to threats with an illegal weapon, destroying the UNIFIL vehicle and intimidating its passengers.
Private Rooney was laid to rest on 22nd December in Newtowncunningham, where his mother and father live, following a deeply emotional funeral mass in Dundalk, where he was based with the Army’s 27 th Infantry Battalion.