updated 12/19/2004 6:36:48 PM ET 2004-12-19T23:36:48

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two were injured in a traffic accident outside Kuwait City on Sunday, the U.S. military said in a statement.

The statement said the “hit and run” accident happened in the morning, and the injured soldiers were admitted to a civilian hospital. A Kuwaiti security official said the driver of the vehicle that hit the soldiers later surrendered to police.

The names of the soldiers were withheld pending notification of next of kin, the statement said.

The U.S. military and Kuwaiti authorities were investigating.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy warned Americans here about the possibility of terrorist attacks.

Kuwait is a staunch U.S. ally. American forces have been based in the country since the end of the 1991 U.S.-led Gulf War that ended a seven-month Iraqi occupation.

In the past three years, American troops, and U.S. civilians contracted to the military, have been targeted by Islamic extremists who oppose their presence in Kuwait. One Marine and one civilian contractor have been killed in the attacks.

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