Monday, October 22, 2007

Murder in Paradise

2 US sailors shot to death in Bahrain

By ANNA JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 33 minutes ago

A U.S. Navy sailor allegedly shot and killed two female sailors early Monday in the barracks of a American military base in Bahrain, a Navy official said.
The alleged shooter, a male, was critically wounded in the shooting at the U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain base, said the Navy official, who was not authorized to release the information to the media and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official did not say if the alleged shooter shot himself or if anyone else was involved, but the Navy said the shooting was not terror related and only involved U.S. military personnel.
The shootings took place around 5 a.m., the Navy said. Officials closed the base temporarily and reopened it about an hour later.
No other details were immediately available, and the Navy said it was not releasing the names of those involved until their families were notified.
"The incident is under investigation, and it would not be prudent to discuss details at this time," said Navy spokesman Lt. John Gay.
Bahrain, a tiny island nation on the Persian Gulf, is a U.S. ally and home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which is responsible for an area of about 2.5 million square miles (6.5 million sq. kilometers) of water including the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean.
About 3,600 personnel work on the U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain base, located just outside Bahrain's capital, Manama. The base supports U.S. naval ships in the region.

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press.

3 comments: said...

this is sad. at least it happened inside the base and not outside.

SoulSearch said...

It looks like the whole story was a love triangle. That's what you get when you post young people far away from home for military practise. They start practising on each other!!!

Um Naief said...

hmmm... quite interesting. i hadn't read anything about this.

i will say this, some of these enlisted guys (i guess some women as well) are off in the head. you should watch some of these war movies, like platoon and such.. it shows how screwed up some of these guys really are.... and the army, navy and such don't really do anything about it or notice whatsoever.

my brother was in the army and i saw some wild, crazy arse stuff when we'd visit him on base.

w/ regards to soulsearch saying it was a love triangle.. is that true? maybe... could be. but two females and a male... i wonder if it was a female killing the rest. hmmm.. good point on keeping ppl away from their families or life for so long. i think being deprived of your own culture can really mess w/ ur brain... i see it firsthand sometimes in myself... but not like this. just depression.