US military open fire during disturbance at RAF base

Shots were fired by US service personnel and a suspect was arrested after a disturbance at RAF Mildenhall.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 18th December 2017, 2:40 pm
Updated Monday, 18th December 2017, 3:46 pm
RAF Mildenhall
RAF Mildenhall

Suffolk Police confirmed the arrest as the base, which is used by the US Air Force, was put on lockdown amid reports of a car being rammed into a checkpoint.

The force said the suspect had been taken into custody.

He was said to have suffered cuts and bruises during the incident, which happened at around 1pm on Monday.

A Pentagon spokesman in Washington said: "The security incident has been contained and a suspect has been apprehended."

A brief statement on the base's Facebook page said: "RAF Mildenhall locked down at 1pm today following reports of a disturbance on base.

"The base was locked down and emergency personnel are responding to the situation."

A member of staff at Jumppin Jacks Funhouse in Mildenhall told the Press Association: "All the American children playing here suddenly left, but we didn't hear anything or know why."

The base has previously been identified as a potential target for terrorists.

In May 2016, Junead Khan was given a life sentence at Kingston Crown Court for planning a strike against American military personnel in Britain.

Khan, of Luton, used his job as a delivery driver to scout bases including Mildenhall and nearby RAF Lakenheath the previous year.