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Militant killed in clash

| Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005

UMM AL-HAIMAN -- Police and militants fought a gun battle Saturday in a small Kuwaiti town near a U.S. military logistics center Saturday, leaving one Saudi gunman dead and two policemen wounded, the Interior Ministry said.

The shootout was the second in this oil-rich state in less than a week and follows a spate of similar incidents in neighboring Saudi Arabia involving Islamic fundamentalists opposed to the U.S.-allied Saudi regime.

Police captured at least three Kuwaiti gunmen in the operation, while the U.S. Embassy said in a statement that the clash also killed one policeman and wounded another. Kuwaiti officials reported only that two policemen were wounded.

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