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KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — The man who drove his pickup into several U.S. soldiers who were standing in line at the post exchange on Camp Udairi told a judge Tuesday he did not plan to kill them.

Lutfi Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Barbari admitted he drove the truck into the soldiers on March 30, but said, “I was mentally upset when Arab satellite channels beamed pictures of the American war on Iraq,” according to a report in the Arab Times, an English-language daily newspaper published in Kuwait.

Fifteen soldiers were injured when the truck struck the soldiers. Other troops opened fire and shot Al-Barbari twice, wounding him. Al-Barbari asked for mercy and was taken into custody.

He told the court he did not have a license at the time of the incident.

The detention renewal judge ordered Al-Barbari placed in confinement until April 29 while the investigation continues.

Al-Barbari, an Egyptian, worked as an electrician, which enabled him to enter the camp.

Of the 15 U.S. soldiers injured, one suffered a knee injury and was airlifted to Germany for treatment while the remaining 14 had minor scrapes and resumed their duties almost immediately, a U.S. military spokesman said at the time.


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