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One Marine Killed, One Injured in Kuwait Incident

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2002 - One American Marine was killed today and another injured when they were attacked while training on an island off the coast of Kuwait.

Defense officials said the Marines were attacked at about 4:30 a.m. Eastern Time (12:30 p.m. in Kuwait) while participating in an urban warfare exercise on Faylaka Island.

Two men, presumed to be civilians of unknown nationality, approached a group of Marines during the exercise and opened fire. The Marines responded, killing both attackers, a DoD spokesman said. More details were not yet available, and military officials are investigating the incident.

U.S. Central Command officials said the two Marines who were shot were immediately evacuated to a "nearby military medical facility." Officials haven't released the Marines' identities pending next-of-kin notification.

About 1,000 U.S. Marines from the 11 Marine Expeditionary Unit are in Kuwait participating in Exercise Eager Mace, an annual bilateral exercise with Kuwaiti military forces. The Marines are in the region as part of the Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from San Diego in June.

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