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Three U.S. National Guard Soldiers Shot, Killed In Nevada

In the United States, five soldiers serving in the U.S. National Guard have been shot by a gunman while dining at a restaurant in the western state of Nevada.

Officials said two of the National Guard soldiers died, along with a third person, in the shooting early today in the Nevada capital, Carson City. A third National Guard soldier, a woman, died later in hospital from her injuries.

The two other National Guard soldiers who were shot were among seven people injured in the rampage.

Police said the shooter, a 32-year-old man, used an AK-47 assault rifle when he opened fire on the Guardsmen, who were all wearing military uniforms.

Officials said the suspected gunman apparently shot himself and later died at a hospital.

No possible motive for the shooting was immediately available.

The shooting has been condemned by the U.S. Defense Department, which called it a "senseless loss of life."

U.S. National Guardsmen are citizen-soldiers, meaning they work part time for the National Guard and also have civilian jobs.

Thousands of Guardsmen have served tours of duty with U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

compiled from agency reports