TYRE, Lebanon, March 20 -- A Lebanese suicide-bomber and a booby-trap bomb killed an Israeli soldier and a pro-Israeli militiaman in separate incidents Wednesday in southern Lebanon, Lebanese security sources and Israeli radio said. Israeli guns later shelled Lebanese villages and strongholds of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla group, Lebanese sources said. The bomber approached the convoy as it was traveling along a village road inside Israel's 'security zone,' Israeli radio reported. The bomber signaled the vehicles to stop and, as the soldiers trained their weapons on him, blew himself up, the radio said. One soldier was killed and an Israeli civilian truck driver was slightly wounded, an Israeli Defense Force spokesman told the radio. Israeli officials identified the soldier as Capt. Salah Kamal Zaydun, 23, from Beit Jan. Earlier, a Hezbollah spokesman said one of its members carried out the attack and that, besides the fatality, six Israeli soldiers were wounded. A Lebanese security source said eight were wounded. Two hours later, a patrol of the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army walked into a booby-trap a few miles west of the suicide-bombing scene, Israeli radio said. An SLA militiaman was killed. Earlier Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said that attacks by Hezbollah, the most active of the anti-Israeli groups in Lebanon, would not go unanswered. After the suicide-bombing, Peres told Israeli radio that Syria, which occupies that part of Lebanon where Hezbollah is based, found the guerrilla group useful. 'While (Syrians) are negotiating peace with Israel, they think that maybe it is wise to have a device in their hands to harm Israel, to annoy Israel, if Israel does not advance (in the peace talks).
'But we will definitely not accept this. One of the conditions for signing a peace agreement (with Syria) will be a complete halt of the activities of Hezbollah in Lebanon.' Wednesday's attack was the first suicide-bombing in Lebanon since a Hezbollah guerrilla rammed a car packed with explosives into an Israeli convoy in April, last year. Eleven soldiers were wounded. In a third incident Wednesday, a bomb exploded outside a police station in the village of Bint Jbeil in the Israeli-declared 'security zone'. Lebanese security sources said a Lebanese policeman was wounded. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the blast. Israel set up the 9-mile-deep (15-km) zone in 1985 to protect its northern territory from attack by Hezbollah and other guerrilla groups. It controls the zone with about 1,000 Israeli soldiers and 1,800 militiamen of the SLA.