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Three killed in Kuwait shootout

KUWAIT CITY: Security forces stormed a building in a residential neighbourhood on Sunday and exchanged gunfire with suspected terrorists, killing one in a battle that also left a security officer and a Bahraini resident dead, according to a Government statement. The clash was the third battle this month between security forces and suspected militants. Kuwait, a major ally of the United States, has been battling some fundamentalists who oppose the presence of the American military in their country. Three persons — one suspect, a police officer, and a Bahraini building resident who was not a suspect — were killed in the shootout, according to an Interior Ministry statement. The Ministry also said one suspect was injured and another had been arrested. Kuwaiti Television broadcast footage of a white, six-floor building in the Salmiyah neighbourhood which had bullet marks and shattered windows on one floor. Blood covered the floor in front of an elevator on one floor and a body lying on a flight of stairs was shown. Four police officers were injured in the shootout, according to the statement. Kuwait has had close ties with Washington since a U.S.-led coalition liberated it in 1991 from a seven-month Iraqi occupation. — AP

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