US military halts training for Saudi Arabian aviation students

In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson, File)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVQ) – The U.S. military has temporarily stopped training hundreds of Saudi Arabian aviation students after a deadly shooting at a Florida naval base.

Military officials say the operational training for the Saudi Arabian students at naval air stations are now on hold.

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This comes after a Saudi air force officer opened fire last week on a classroom at naval air station Pensacola, according to investigators.

The man killed three sailors before deputies exchanged gunfire with him, killing the 21-year-old, according to authorities.

The military is now reviewing how the Pentagon screens foreign military students.

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