The chief of the Shiite Lebanese group Hezbollah says it was behind the roadside bombing that targeted an Israeli patrol in March along the Lebanon-Israel border.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah says the bomb was in response to a February air strike on a Hezbollah base that the group accused Israel of undertaking.

Nasrallah says the March bombing sent a message that Hezbollah was still capable of fighting Israel even as its fighters are battling alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces to quell a three-year uprising.

Nasrallah's remarks were from an interview, which was published in full Monday in the Lebanese daily As-Safir.

No Israeli soldiers were hurt in the March 14 roadside bombing. Such attacks have been rare since the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war and both sides have avoided confrontation.