Shots fired at US base in England after 'car drives into gate'

London (AFP) - Police arrested a man at a US air base in Britain on Monday after a car drove into a checkpoint gate, prompting American military personnel to open fire, officials said.

Shots fired at US base in England after 'car drives into gate'

Shots fired at US base in England after 'car drives into gate'

Suffolk Police in eastern England said the incident at RAF Mildenhall -- home to the US Air Force's 100th air refuelling wing -- was "ongoing" but that there was "no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base".

Mildenhall, around 70 miles (110 kilometres) north-east of London, was briefly locked down over the incident before reopening at 2:35 pm (1435 GMT), a spokesman for the base confirmed.

Local police said they were called at around 1340 GMT to reports of a "disturbance", adding: "The base was put into lockdown and units responded immediately.

"Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody.

"No other people have been injured as a result of the incident."

Suffolk Police said area schools would continue to operate as normal.

A government source said the incident was sparked by a car trying to force its way through a checkpoint at the base.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident at the entry point of RAF Mildenhall."

Mildenhall said on its website: "RAF Mildenhall locked down at 1pm (1300 GMT) today following reports of a disturbance on base."

The precise nature of the incident remained unclear mid-afternoon Monday.

The base was at the centre of a foiled terrorism plot in 2015.

A British man who plotted an Islamic State-inspired attack on American military personnel based there was jailed for life last year.

Junead Khan, who was a committed supporter of the IS group had used his job as a delivery driver for a pharmaceutical firm as cover to scout several US Air Force bases in eastern England between May and July 2015, including Mildenhall.

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