US Army soldier commits suicide with gun in Kuwait

A military police Soldier locates the suspicious package at an emergency response exercise August 29, 2016 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The multi- faceted exercise was used to test the readiness and capabilities of the emergency response teams on base. Photo by Sgt. Jonathan Fernandez

The Kuwaiti government and United States Army report that a US soldier took his own life at Camp Arifjan in southern Kuwait earlier today.

The soldier -assigned to US Army Central (commonly referred to as the Third Army or ARCENT)- reportedly took his life early Thursday morning with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to Kuwaiti news sources. The weapon involved was said to be a pistol, likely a standard-issue M9.

“The soldier was transferred to al-Adan hospital, but he died due to his injuries on arrival,” the Interior Ministry of Kuwait said in a statement.

Al-Arabiyah reports that an investigation is underway to to better understand the circumstances of the soldier’s suicide.

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