U.S. military fires shots during incident at air base in England, one man in custody


A man has been taken into custody after an incident that occurred at a British air base in England.

Police and U.S. Air Force officials said American service members fired shots at Royal Air Force Mildenhall base in Suffolk.

“Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody,” Suffolk police said in a statement.

It is not clear what exactly occurred to cause the military personnel to use their firearms but initial reports suggest someone tried to ram one of the gates to the base.

RAF Mildenhall officials posted an announcement stating the base was on lockdown down on its Facebook page.  Police have not stated whether the thought the attack was terrorist related. U.S. Air Forces in Europe said the base is no longer in a state of lockdown and referred all other questions to local authorities.

“There is considered no ongoing threat to the community relating to the incident at RAF Mildenhall, schools can continue to operate as they normally would at the end of a day,” Suffolk police tweeted.

The base has been the intended target for a terrorist attack in the past.

An Islamic extremist was given in a life sentence for plotting an attack against U.S. military personnel at the base. According to the Associated Press, Junead Khan used his job as a delivery driver to study RAF Mildenhall and another Royal Air Force base in 2015.

The base is home to the U.S. Air Force’s 100th Air Refueling Wing, which is responsible for American refueling operations across Europe.

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