U.S. Soldier in Kuwait Fires at Car
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ In the second violent incident involving U.S. forces in Kuwait in two days, a U.S. serviceman on Wednesday fired at an unidentified civilian vehicle after someone in the vehicle pointed a gun at him, U.S. officials said.
Details were sketchy and officials said the circumstances were under investigation.
A Pentagon spokesman said a U.S. Army Humvee utility vehicle was traveling north on a highway west of Kuwait City, en route from Camp Doha to a training area closer to the Iraqi border, when one of the soldiers fired a single shot at the civilian vehicle, which had pulled alongside the Humvee.
U.S. officials said the Americans reported that as the civilian vehicle pulled ahead of them someone inside drew a gun and pointed it at them. One soldier in the Humvee opened fire and the civilian vehicle veered off the roadway. Later, officials said the occupants of the civilian vehicle claimed to have held only a cell phone, not a gun.
At the Pentagon, a spokesman, Navy Lt. Dan Hetlage said no one involved in the incident was wounded. Another official said the bullet fired by the U.S. soldier struck the hood of the civilian vehicle.
The Americans continued driving without stopping to investigate further, U.S. officials said.
U.S. troops have trained in Kuwait for more than a decade without reported hostile encounters, and it was unclear what motivated this week’s incidents.
On Tuesday, two gunmen drove up in a pickup truck and opened fire on Marines engaged in urban assault training on Failaka, an island 10 miles east of Kuwait City. One Marine was killed and a second was wounded. The attackers then drove to a second location and attacked again before being killed by Marines.
The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry identified Tuesday’s assailants as two Kuwaitis and said they had committed a terrorist act. Officials were attempting to determine the extent of their links to the al-Qaida network.