Shots fired at US base in England after 'car drives into gate'

2017-12-18 17:06

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London - British police arrested a man at a US air base in eastern England on Monday after a car apparently drove into a checkpoint gate, prompting military personnel to open fire, various sources said.

RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk was briefly locked down over the incident before reopening, a spokesperson for the base said.

Local police said they were called at around 13:40 GMT to reports of a "disturbance", saying the base was put into "lockdown and units responded immediately".

"Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody.

"No other people have been injured as a result of the incident."

A government source said that a car had tried to force its way through a checkpoint at the base.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: "We are aware of an incident at the entry point of RAF Mildenhall."

Mildenhall said on its website the RAF Mildenhall was was reopened at 14:35 GMT.

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