Defence Forces team flying out to Lebanon to help investigate Pte. Rooney's death

Bulsha:-A team from the Defence Forces will travel to Lebanon today to help in the investigation into the killing of Private Seán Rooney.

The 24-year-old soldier from Dundalk was killed after the vehicle he was driving came under fire on Wednesday night.

The armoured vehicle he was travelling in was shot at near Sidon, around 30 miles south of Beirut.

Private Shane Kearney (22) from Cork was also critically injured in the incident.

In an update this afternoon, it was confirmed that the two soldiers who received minor injuries in the attack have been released from hospital and are back at Camp Shamrock.

It's also been confirmed an Air Corps CASA aircraft has been pre-positioned in Malta as a contingency, to provide support to the 121st Infantry Battalion, if required.

Eight officials from the Defence Forces are now due to fly out there today to help the investigation into Private Rooney's death.

Four of these are Personnel Support Services, who will provide counselling to those deployed for the mission. 

Three military police investigators and a legal officer will complete the emergency personnel being sent overseas. 

Christopher O’Neill, who was best friends with Seán, says he died doing what he loved:

A series of investigations are being undertaken into the incident which saw Private Rooney killed.

Four Irish soldiers who were travelling in a second vehicle escaped injury. 

Lebanon's caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati said on Friday that those responsible for the killing "will be punished."

The Iranian-backed armed group in the region, Hezbollah, have insisted they're not responsible - an assurance which Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said he does not accept. 

Private Rooney's family are in 'total shock and grieving deeply' following his death. 

Tributes have poured in the days since, including President Michael D. Higgins describing how he learned of the death with 'deepest sorrow'. 

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