U.S. shooting wounds 3 Dutch commandos

Three Dutch soldiers have been shot outside a hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States early Saturday (Sunday, Manila time), local media reported.

Two of the soldiers were critically wounded and taken to a hospital while one was conscious and was interviewed by police about the incident after the shooting, the reports said, citing statements from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The shooting occured before 4 a.m. in front of the Hampton Inn where the members of the Dutch Commando Corps were staying as part of their training exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center southeast of Indianapolis, according to CNN.

The facility is used for training by the US Department of Defense as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, according to reports.

No arrest was made but police are said to be investigating the incident triggered by an altercation with another person or group at a different location, Indianapolis broadcaster WISH reported.

“It is not something that occurred inside the hotel,” Fox59 quoted IMPD Major Joshua Gisi as saying. “It was a previous altercation, we believe, at another location. We’re still working through that with all of our witnesses.”

The victims were off duty when the shooting happened, the reports said, citing a statement from the Netherlands defense ministry.

The Dutch Commando Corps is under the Royal Netherlands Army and the trainees were taking part in an urban combat drills near the Indiana city together with their other colleagues.

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