Shooting incident near American troops in Kuwait raises fears
Police in Kuwait were searching for four people who fired guns near US troops in the latest shooting incident involving American forces in the small emirate, an American military spokesman said Saturday.
Nobody was wounded when shots were fired on Friday morning as the Americans were training in the desert south of Kuwait City, the spokesman told AP, on condition of anonymity.
However, the incident raised concern over the safety of US troops in the Gulf emirate. It came after shooting incidents last month involving American military personnel, including the October 8 killing of a Marine and wounding of another on Failaka island.
Friday's shooting took place as US troops were on desert military maneuvers at Oraifijan, some 35 miles south of Kuwait City.
According to US military officials, shots came from two white pickup trucks, each carrying two people. It was not immediately clear what type of weapons were used. Earlier reports indicated four people were arrested. There was no explanation why authorities withdrew that account.
"The shots were fired within the vicinity (of US troops), nobody was injured," a US spokesman said. He added that Kuwaiti police were the primary investigators.
It was unclear if the shots had been directed at American forces or whether they came from hunters. (Albawaba.com)
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