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US military open fire after car rams checkpoint at RAF Mildenhall base

Police outside RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, after shots were fired by US service personnel and a suspect was arrested after a disturbance at the base. Pic: Graham Clark/PA Wire
Police outside RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, after shots were fired by US service personnel and a suspect was arrested after a disturbance at the base. Pic: Graham Clark/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/01/15 of American Air Force Base RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Suffolk Police says officers are responding to reports of a "significant incident at RAF Mildenhall", amid reports of a car trying to ram the gates. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/01/15 of American Air Force Base RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Suffolk Police says officers are responding to reports of a "significant incident at RAF Mildenhall", amid reports of a car trying to ram the gates. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/01/15 of American Air Force Base RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Suffolk Police says officers are responding to reports of a "significant incident at RAF Mildenhall", amid reports of a car trying to ram the gates. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Shots were fired by US service personnel and a suspect was arrested after a disturbance at RAF Mildenhall.

Suffolk Police confirmed the arrest as the base, which is used by the US Air Force, was put on lockdown amid reports of a car being rammed into a checkpoint.

He was said to have suffered cuts and bruises during the incident, which happened at around 1pm on Monday.

A Pentagon spokesman in Washington said: "The security incident has been contained and a suspect has been apprehended."

A brief statement on the base's Facebook page said: "RAF Mildenhall locked down at 1pm today following reports of a disturbance on base.

"The base was locked down and emergency personnel are responding to the situation."

A member of staff at Jumppin Jacks Funhouse in Mildenhall told the Press Association: "All the American children playing here suddenly left, but we didn't hear anything or know why."

The base has previously been identified as a potential target for terrorists.

In May 2016, Junead Khan was given a life sentence at Kingston Crown Court for planning a strike against American military personnel in Britain.

Khan, of Luton, used his job as a delivery driver to scout bases including Mildenhall and nearby RAF Lakenheath the previous year.

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