Soldiers confined after loss of Army handgun

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A missing handgun led to a lockdown last week for about 400 soldiers at Fort Wainwright.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/XSqMhg) reports soldiers were confined to the post for two days and a night because of the missing Army-issue 9mm Beretta pistol.

A smaller group was confined for five days.

Army Alaska spokesman Lt. Col. Alan Brown says 34 soldiers on Aug. 20 trained at a small arms complex and the gun went missing afterward.

He says there’s an immediate concern for all soldiers when a weapon is missing and as a way of mitigating risk, the unit is isolated.

The 34 soldiers spent five days on lockdown through Sunday

The handgun remains missing.

The soldiers are part of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment.

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