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Soldier says tourist was shot by accident (Updated)

An 18-year-old soldier and a student suspected of firing an air gun and injuring a tourist who was cycling in Polis Chrysochous on Monday were remanded for two days on Wednesday.

The two men were arrested on Tuesday evening after police traced a pickup truck they were driving.

The German tourist, who reported the incident to police, said he was cycling along the road from the camping site to Polis hospital when he heard a loud noise from a pickup truck coming from the opposite direction and felt a burning sensation on his left knee, the man said.

He went to hospital where the doctor determined he had been injured by a pellet from an air gun, which was lodged in his leg. The pellet was removed by surgery on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old said the shot was fired with an air gun by accident. According to his statement, he was in the vehicle with the student when the gun went off.

During a search of the soldier’s home police found a shotgun, a Flobert rifle and an air gun.

 

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