Shots have been fired and authorities now have one in custody at a military base that just came under attack. The lockdown order still remains in place at this time as military personnel brace for more.
Military bases have become frequent targets of attack over the last year, with many seeming attempts or strange circumstances thwarted. However, this time the plan was enacted and it’s not over yet. At about 8:40 am Eastern time, “shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody,” NBC Reports. Here’s what we know now from this attack which employed a particularly concerning tactic.
A suspect is in custody after a vehicle tried to force its way onto RAF Mildenhall, a U.S. Air Force base in England, American military officials and local police said Monday.
Shots were fired by American service personnel and the base was put on lockdown during the incident.
U.S. Air Force spokesman Capt. Mark Graff said the situation was “contained” and “a suspect is in custody.”
Suffolk Police said they responded to a call from the base, about 75 miles northeast of London, at 1:40 p.m. local time (8.40 a.m. ET).
“Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody,” the force said in a statement. “No other people have been injured.”
The base has been the subject of security concerns in recent years amid rising global terrorism.
In 2016, a delivery driver was jailed for plotting to run down and then behead U.S. service personnel from the base in revenge for a friend who was killed in a drone attack in Syria. In 2015, July 4 celebrations for U.S. personnel at the base were canceled amid fears of an attack.
It was only a matter of time before an American military base came under such an attack, in a place that’s been inundated with Muslim refugees. London has been the epicenter of terrorism in the last year and it’s doubtful that this will be the last time that RAF Mildenhall will be targeted. Military bases across America have had a strange series of activities recently. We reported that these seemed like trial runs for something bigger or to test the strength of security and exploit loopholes. With this recent attack taking place today, it seems those concerns are starting to come to fruition.
Schools in the local area were also placed on lockdown.
Sky sources said the man pretended to be someone else to get through the checkpoint.
Sky’s defence correspondent Alistair Bunkall said: “I have been told by the Ministry of Defence in London that one individual is in custody with Suffolk Police.
“It was described to me as some sort of argument at the base gates. There were reports of shots fired. The situation is ongoing.
“When the base gets placed on lockdown people have to stay in their offices; you turn off the lights, you lock the doors, you draw the curtains or blinds around the windows to make it look like no one is around.”
A man was quickly arrested by police at the scene.
A member of staff at Jumppin Jacks Funhouse, an adventure play centre in Mildenhall, said: “All the American children playing here suddenly left, but we didn’t hear anything or know why.”
Last year, a British-born “committed supporter” of Islamic State (IS) was jailed for life for planning a terrorist attack on five US Air Force bases in the UK, including RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath.
Delivery driver Junead Khan, 25, from Luton, used his job with a pharmaceutical company as cover to scout the bases.
Aircraft belonging to the US Air Force and NATO in Europe refuel at RAF Mildenhall.
Thankfully, we have a president who genuinely loves and respects our military and is constantly doing all he can to protect them and provide them with what they need. His reaction to this incident will be far different than his predecessor whose disdain for our heroes was evident in everything he did. The world is a dangerous place as it is, but when you add in the constant threat of terrorist attacks to the mix it only gets worse. Our brave military men and women are thrust daily into the front lines to fight these evil terrorists in order to protect the country from ISIS. Even though many of these terrorists are killed overseas there are some that make their way into other parts of the world.
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