- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2003

KUWAIT CITY, Jan. 21 (UPI) — An American was shot dead and another wounded Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy confirmed.

Both men were civilian contractors for the U.S. military.

The director of security for Kuwait City, Brig. Mahmud al-Dusayri, told the Kuwait News Agency the wounded American was being treated at Al-Razi Hospital.

The Americans were attacked by a person armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, Al-Dusayri said, and cartridges were found in the Americans' car. The shooting took place at an intersection on a road leading to Camp Doha, the main base of U.S. forces in Kuwait. There are currently some 15,000 U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf oil emirate.

A U.S. military build up in Kuwait is underway in preparation for a possible war on Iraq, analysts said.

The deputy premier and minister of interior, Shaykh Muhammad al-Khalid al-Sabah, and the undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Lt. Gen. Nasir al-Uthman, rushed to the scene of the incident, KUNA reported.

No further details were available from the U.S. Embassy.

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