WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 175 Saudi Arabian military aviation students have been grounded as part of a “safety stand-down” after a Saudi Air Force lieutenant shot and killed three people last week at a U.S. Navy base in Florida, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

“A safety stand-down and operational pause commenced Monday for Saudi Arabian aviation students,” Lieutenant Andriana Genualdi, a Navy spokeswoman, said.

She said the grounding included three different military facilities, including Naval Air Station Pensacola, Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Naval Air Station Mayport in Florida.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Chris Reese

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