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FBI identifies a second lieutenant in Saudi Air Force as US Navy base shooter

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified the assailant that killed three people at a naval air station in Pensacola, Florida, as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani who was a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force.In a statement, the organisation described Alshamrani, who was shot dead by the police at the site of the incident, as a 2nd LT in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command, reported the Hill.Saudis have received training at the Pensacola site since the 1970s. As of Friday, there were 852 Saudis in the US for Pentagon-sponsored training related to security cooperation, representing 16 per cent of the 5,181 students from 153 countries in these programs, Defense Department spokesman Chris Garver said, as cited by Washington Post.The Saudi Foreign Ministry has expressed its deep distress following the shooting and offered its sincere condolences to the victims families .President Donald Trump .

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