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British Police Arrest Man Trying to Force Entry into US Military Base

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A sign at the Mildenhall air base in 20195 (AP)

Monday, 18 December 2017 10:31 AM

U.S. military personnel fired shots as they stopped a man who tried to force his way into a military base in central England used by the U.S. air force on Monday, police said.

The Mildenhall Royal Air Force base said security staff locked down the base, used by the United States to refuel U.S. and NATO aircraft in Europe, at about 1300 GMT following reports of a disturbance.

"Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody," Suffolk Police said. "No other people have been injured as a result of the incident."

The U.S. Air Force said the incident had been contained and that the suspect had been apprehended. Police said they remained on the base. The U.S. embassy declined immediate comment.

The 1,162-acre base, which houses about 3,100 U.S. military and an additional 3,000 family members, is set for closure after the U.S. said it was going to move is operations from the base to Germany.

"The base was locked down and emergency personnel are responding to the situation," RAF Mildenhall said in a statement. "Individuals in the area surrounding the installation are asked to avoid the base at this time."

A statement for the base said the lockdown had later been lifted.

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U.S. military personnel fired shots as they stopped a man who tried to force his way into a military base in central England used by the U.S. air force on Monday, police said.
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