A U.S. soldier opened fire on fellow troops at a counseling center inside a U.S. base Monday, killing five before being taken into custody, the U.S. command and Pentagon officials said.

The shooting occurred at Camp Liberty, a sprawling U.S. base on the western edge of Baghdad near the city’s international airport and adjacent to another facility where President Barack Obama visited last month.

A brief U.S. statement said the soldier “suspected of being involved with the shooting” was in custody but gave no further details. Nobody else was hurt, the military said. It was unclear what provoked the attack.

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  1. #1 William Carlton
    May 11, 2009

    I’ve always wondered what would happen if any one of those rifle-toting US soldiers standing along the DMZ in South Korea just snapped one day and shot one of his North Korean comrades across the border right in the face.

    Scary, but it could happen.