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Three off-duty Dutch commandos shot outside hotel in Indianapolis

By Christy Cooney
BBC News


Three Dutch commandos, who were in the US for training, have been shot and wounded outside a hotel in the city of Indianapolis while off duty.

The incident occurred at around 03:30 on Saturday local time in the city's entertainment district. 

Indianapolis police say officers found the three men with gunshot wounds and they were taken to nearby hospitals. 

The Dutch defence ministry said one of the men was in a critical condition and that the other two were conscious.

It said all three were members of the Commando Corps, one of the special operations units in the Netherlands armed forces.

The shooting occurred during their free time in front of the hotel where they were staying, the ministry added.


Local police said they believed there had been an earlier altercation between the men and another person or group. 

Speaking to FOX59, an officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said: "Right now the information we're willing to disclose is that it was not something that occurred inside the hotel.

"It was a previous altercation we believe at another location."



The Dutch defence ministry said the men's families had been informed and that an investigation by local police was under way. 

No arrests have been made.

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A Dutch commando has died of his injuries after being shot outside an Indianapolis hotel while off-duty. 

He was one of three Dutch soldiers, all in the US for training exercises, who were wounded in the shooting in the early hours of Saturday.

According to the Dutch Defence Ministry, the two other victims are conscious and stable in hospital.

Police believe the shooting followed an earlier disturbance in downtown Indianapolis, but gave few details.

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