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British military officer injured 'in Canada drive-by shooting'

A British military sniper from the looks though his scope during the 16 Air Assault Brigade Exercise Joint Warrior at West Freugh Airfield. Image copyright AFP
Image caption The injured soldier (not pictured) was taking part in a shooting competition

A British military officer has been wounded along with another man in a drive-by shooting outside a bar, reports from Canada say.

The unnamed officer, 28, was reportedly in Ottawa for an international military skill-at-arms shooting competition.

The drive-by shooting took place at 2:15 am (06:15 GMT) outside the Crazy Horse bar in an Ottawa suburb.

The two men were wounded after multiple shots were fired outside the western-themed bar, local media reports said.

The 28-year-old officer is said to be in a stable condition in hospital after being shot in the upper leg while a 22-year-old man also suffered minor injuries in the incident.

There have been no arrests and police from Ottawa's guns and gangs unit are still investigating.

Sergeant Jeff Williams with the Canadian Armed Forces military police told the CBC that they were assisting with the investigation.

He said the British officer was "caught in the crossfire".

Sgt Williams said the officer was taking part in the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration, an annual series of shooting trials run by the Canadian military and open to international military competitors.

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