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Man shot dead as car rams National Security Agency HQ gate

By Meredith Somers

A gun battle that left one man dead and at least one other severely injured broke out yesterday after two men dressed as women used a car to ram a gate at the headquarters of the US National Security Agency (NSA).

A spokeswoman for the FBI said the incident at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, Maryland, was not believed to be linked to terrorism.

Two federal officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that at least one of the people in the car died in the exchange of fire. The FBI said the shooting scene had been contained and it was working with the US Attorney's Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges were warranted.

Local television news reports showed two damaged vehicles near the gate and emergency workers loading an injured uniformed man into an ambulance.

Aerial images showed that one of the damaged vehicles was a white sports utility vehicle marked "NSA Police."

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