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US Halts Military Training for Saudi Students after Shooting

US Halts Military Training for Saudi Students after Shooting
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By Staff, Agencies

The United States decided to stop training of all Saudi Arabian military personnel on its land until further notice after a Saudi airman shot and killed three people last week at a base in Florida.

The decision came after a Saudi air force officer went on a shooting rampage last week killing three US sailors.

The Pentagon's decision will have far-reaching impacts on visiting Saudi personnel, including grounding more than 300 Saudi Arabian military aviation students as part of a "safety stand-down".

The Pentagon later on Tuesday said the move would also affect infantry personnel and all other Saudi military training, other than classroom lessons. Such coursework, which includes English-language classes, will continue.

Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force, opened fire in a classroom at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida on Friday, killing three American sailors and wounding eight other people before being shot dead by police.

A senior Pentagon official said the move was intended to allow for a broader review of security procedures that would eventually apply to all of some 5,000 international military students in the US.

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