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Kuwaiti Shooting Suspect Extradited From Saudi Arabia - 2002-11-23


A Kuwaiti policeman suspected of shooting two U.S. soldiers near the capital of Kuwait on Thursday has been extradited from Saudi Arabia.

Kuwaiti authorities say Khalid al-Shimmari is being questioned, after Saudi authorities handed over the suspect early Saturday morning.

They say the Kuwaiti policeman fled to Saudi Arabia Thursday, after allegedly shooting two U.S. soldiers in their car during an ambush. One of the soldiers was shot in the face, the other in the shoulder. Both are expected to make full recoveries. Mr. al-Shimmari was apprehended in Saudi Arabia, Friday.

U.S. military officials would not speculate on the motive behind the attack. It was the fifth shooting-related incident involving U.S. troops over the past two months in Kuwait.

Last month, a U.S. marine was killed and another wounded after being shot by two Kuwaitis. Those assailants were shot and killed by other U.S. troops, who were involved in military training exercises in Kuwait.

Following that incident, Kuwaiti authorities rounded up 15 suspects they said were involved in planning the attack.

U.S. and Kuwaiti troops are engaged in continuing military exercises in the Gulf emirate. There are about 10,000 U.S. troops stationed in Kuwait.