Israeli soldier shoots self as Sarkozy departs

Television footage showed bodyguards hustling Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy into their airplane at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport while other security men surrounded Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and moved him quickly toward his car.

Israeli soldier shoots self as Sarkozy departs
An Israeli soldier on the perimetre of a farewell airport ceremony for French President Nicolas Sarkozy apparently shot himself on Tuesday in a incident that did not endanger the visiting leader, Israel Radio said.

Television footage showed bodyguards hustling Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy into their airplane at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport while other security men surrounded Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and moved him quickly toward his car.

The plane departed without further incident.

Israel Radio said the soldier who was shot was stationed 100 metres to 200 metres (yards) away from the plane. Two women soldiers who witnessed the shooting fainted and were treated by medics.

Israel's volunteer medical service Zaka said the soldier apparently committed suicide.

Reuters
Last Mod: 25 Haziran 2008, 08:33
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