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Saudi Arabia Arrests Kuwaiti Policeman Suspected of Shooting US Soldiers - 2002-11-22


Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested a Kuwaiti policeman suspected of shooting two U.S. soldiers. Kuwaiti officials expect the man, Khaled al Shimmiri, to be sent back to Kuwait later Friday.

Kuwaiti and Saudi officials say Mr. Al Shimmiri was arrested in eastern Saudi Arabia, and they are working out details for his return to Kuwait.

The policeman fled to Saudi Arabia on Thursday. The soldiers were traveling from their base, Camp Doha, to a town just outside Kuwait City. They are listed in serious but stable condition at a military hospital.

Kuwaiti officials say they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism.

Kuwait's defense minister, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, has condemned the shootings and said they would not harm his country's strong ties with the United States.

Thursday's incident is the latest in a string of attacks on U.S. military personnel in Kuwait.

In early October, two Islamic militants attacked U.S. Marines training on a Kuwaiti island. One soldier was killed, the other wounded. The attackers were shot dead by U.S. troops.

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