UN workers wounded by land mines in Lebanon

A land mine explosion wounded two European disposal experts and a Lebanese medic as they tried to rescue a shepherd from an unmarked minefield in southern Lebanon on Friday, said a UN spokeswoman. The three men were rushed to hospital in the town of Marjayoun, said Dalya Farran, a spokeswoman for the UN Mine Action Coordination Center. The condition of the ordnance disposal experts, David Alderson of Britain and Damir Paradzik of Bosnia, was described as serious. But their wounds were "not life-threatening," said Patrick Toyne Sewell, the spokesman of their London-based employer, ArmorGroup. The wounds of the medic, who was not identified, were not as severe, said Farran. The explosion occurred near the village of Deir Mimas, south of Marjayoun and three kilometers (two miles) northwest of the Israeli border, Farran said. The three men were trying to rescue a shepherd who had led a herd of goats into an unmarked minefield. The goats detonated a land mine.