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Man Draws Gun on U.S. Troops

October 9, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ In the second violent incident involving U.S. forces in Kuwait in as many days, a U.S. troop fired his weapon at an unidentified civilian vehicle after a person in the vehicle pointed a gun at him, U.S. officials said.

Details were sketchy. The officials, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity, said initial reports from U.S. authorities in Kuwait did not indicate whether the U.S. troops were Army or Marines or whether anyone was wounded.

The intial report said U.S. troops in a Humvee utility vehicle were overtaken by a civilian vehicle and that as the civilian vehicle went by a person inside drew a gun and pointed it at the Americans. One of the Americans opened fire, and they reported having seen the civilian vehicle veer off the roadway.

It was unclear whether anyone in the civilian vehicle was hit by the U.S. gunfire.

The Americans continued driving without stopping to investigate further, the U.S. officials said.

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