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Plane escort shoots himself dead by accident: Interior

KUWAIT: A security officer from the airplane protection department at Kuwait’s Special Force shot himself dead by accident while examining his weapon, the Interior Ministry said yesterday. Officers were receiving weapons at the department’s weapon room ahead of a mission, when a chief warrant officer (CWO) started examining his own, but unluckily he shot himself dead by mistake, the ministry added. Another was injured and hurried to hospital.

Initial investigations in the ‘regrettable accident’ showed that the bullet was shot from the CWO’s weapon. They will continue to determine the full circumstances. The ministry expressed condolences to the family of the deceased and wished the injured one speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) rejected social media reports claiming that the incident took place at the Kuwait International Airport.  The accident happened at a Ministry of the Interior’s building, outside the DGCA, the directorate’s spokesperson Mansour Al-Hashemi said in a press statement. – KUNA

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