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Hezbollah chief says his Shiite group staged roadside bombing of Israeli patrol in March

FILE - In this August 2, 2013, file photo, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem day, or Al-Quds day, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is no longer in danger of falling, Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, said in interview with Lebanon's daily As-Safir newspaper published Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

FILE - In this August 2, 2013, file photo, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem day, or Al-Quds day, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is no longer in danger of falling, Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, said in interview with Lebanon's daily As-Safir newspaper published Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.