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VICENZA, Italy — A brawl at a nightclub early Sunday morning ended in the arrest of 13 U.S. soldiers and the hospitalization of several others, according to Italian media.

The fight at disco Liv in Bassano del Grappa was between U.S. soldiers and “a large group of Africans,” according to Il Giornale di Vicenza. About 40 patrons were involved, some armed with knives and broken bottles, the paper reported.

Law enforcement officials throughout the Vicenza area responded, the paper said.

All of the soldiers arrested belonged to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Brigade spokesman Maj. Juan Martinez said that the brigade was aware of the incident but that he had little information because the investigation was being handled by Italian authorities.

He said it wasn’t clear whether all 13 troops ordered to appear before an Italian magistrate on Monday had been involved in the fight or were merely present when Italian police responded.

montgomery.nancy@stripes.com

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Nancy is an Italy-based reporter for Stars and Stripes who writes about military health, legal and social issues. An upstate New York native who served three years in the U.S. Army before graduating from the University of Arizona, she previously worked at The Anchorage Daily News and The Seattle Times. Over her nearly 40-year journalism career she’s won several regional and national awards for her stories and was part of a newsroom-wide team at the Anchorage Daily News that was awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
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