The soldier killed on active service whilst serving in UNIFIL this morning has been named as 869674 Private Seán Rooney, a member of the 27 Infantry Battalion and a native of Newtwoncunningham, Co Donegal.
Private Rooney was travelling as part of a convoy of two armoured utility vehicles in the Al-Aqbieh area, just outside the group’s area of operations when the vehicles, which were travelling to Beirut, were surrounded and came under fire after entering an area controlled by Hezbollah.
One of the 2 AUV’s overturned. 23 year old Private Rooney was fatally injured by a bullet whilst another of the occupants also suffered bullet wounds. Two of the other soldiers are being treated for minor injuries.
The incident happened at around 9.15pm on Wednesday.
Lieutenant General Seán Clancy, the Chief of Staff of Óglaigh na hÉireann, said: “We in Óglaigh na hÉireann are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of this tragic event and the loss of one of our peacekeepers. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fellow peacekeepers from the 121st Infantry Battalion.”
“Our thoughts are also with those who were injured last night and their families and friends. We have one of our medical officers currently at Raee Hospital and we will ensure that our personnel get the best possible care.
“Our focus now is to ensure the safety and continued support for all our personnel deployed in Lebanon.”
After leaving secondary school in Letterkenny in 2019, Sean joined the Defence Forces and was previously in Lebanon with members of 121st Infantry Battalion, UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon).
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