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Americans Attacked in Kuwait, 1 Killed

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2003 – One American contract employee of the U.S. Army was killed this morning and another wounded in a shooting attack in Kuwait.

The two were traveling on a major highway near the Army's Camp Doha when their vehicle came under attack. Both individuals were shot several times. The survivor was taken to Al Sabah Hospital in Kuwait City and is in critical condition, said coalition officials at Doha.

Names of the individuals are being withheld until their next of kin are notified. Kuwaiti and U.S. military authorities are investigating.

This is the third attack on Americans in Kuwait in recent months. On Nov. 21, 2002, a Kuwaiti police officer shot two U.S. service members wearing civilian clothes. Both survived, and the assailant was later captured in Saudi Arabia.

Two gunmen who were suspected of having ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network attacked a group of Marines training on Failaka Island on Oct. 8, 2002. One Marine was killed and another injured. Marine security forces shot and killed the two attackers.

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