MANAMA (Reuters) – Two American sailors were shot dead and one was critically wounded at the U.S. navy base in Bahrain, but there were no indications of a terrorist attack, the navy said on Monday.
The shootings took place at about 5 a.m. (10:00 p.m. EDT Sunday), the navy said in a statement, adding that initial reports indicated the incident only involved U.S. military personnel.
“Two sailors were pronounced dead at the scene and the third was taken to local hospital for treatment. There are no indications of terrorism or a base intrusion,” the navy said.
The navy gave no explanation for the shootings, which took place in the base’s barracks, and said the names of the sailors were being withheld.
Further details were not immediately available, and an investigation was being conducted into the incident.
Bahrain is the home of the U.S. navy’s fifth fleet, which patrols Gulf waters, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean.
About 3,000 U.S. personnel, not including the crews of visiting ships, live and work on the heavily guarded base. Staff generally keep a low profile in the tiny Gulf Arab kingdom of about 750,000 people.