U.S. Military Fired Shots, Man Arrested at U.K. Air Force Base

  • Suffolk Police say man ‘suffered cuts and bruises’ on arrest
  • Early reports suggest man tried to ram hates of air base

RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk on Jan. 8, 2015. 

Photographer: Chris Radburn/PA Wire via AP Photo

U.S. military personnel fired shots during a disturbance at an air force base in the U.K., local police said Monday, as early media reports suggested a man tried to ram the compound’s gates.

RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, 84 miles north of London, supports United States Air Force operations as well as units of the U.S. Navy. At 1:40 p.m. local time, Suffolk Police were contacted about the disturbance, the force tweeted. The base was put into lockdown. The police are treating the incident as a criminal, not terrorist-linked, event.

“A man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody,” the police concluded. The Sun newspaper cited a British defense source saying a car tried forcing its way past a checkpoint into the base.

Last year, Junead Khan, a delivery driver, was jailed for life for plotting to kill U.S. personnel based at RAF Mildenhall’s sister site, RAF Lakenheath. He was also found guilty of preparing to go to Syria to fight for Islamic State.

In messages with an Islamic State fighter before the foiled attack, Khan compared his plans to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London in 2013.

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