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US Air Force Base Attacked, Shots Fired – Here’s What We Know


A US Air Force base in Suffolk went into lockdown and shots were fired after a car reportedly tried to ram the gates.

Police responded to reports of a “significant incident” at RAF Mildenhall at lunchtime on Monday.

They said shots were fired by US service personnel and a man was arrested with cuts and bruises.

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

RAF Mildenhall reported the following:

“Additional details will be provided as they become available.”


RAF Mildenhall locked down at 1 p.m. today following reports of a disturbance on base. The base was locked down and emergency personnel are responding to the situation.

Additional details will be provided as they become available. Individuals in the area surrounding the installation are asked to avoid the base at this time.

We ask that individuals avoid posting messages on social media regarding the incident. Suffolk Police have primacy, and all questions and media queries may be directed to 01473 782 722.

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

A member of staff at Jumppin Jacks Funhouse in Mildenhall said: “All the American children playing here suddenly left, but we didn’t hear anything or know why.”

The man who was arrested is now in the custody of Suffolk Police.

The base is used by the USAF as a transport hub and houses the KC-135 tanker fleet and special operations forces.

There are about 3,200 military personnel on the base, with between 400 and 500 UK civilian staff employed there.

In September, the US Air Force said it was delaying plans to relocate its operations from Mildenhall to a base in Germany until 2024.

RAF Mildenhall has previously been a potential target for a terror attack.

In May 2016, Islamic extremist Junead Khan was given a life sentence 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.

The trial of the “committed supporter” of Islamic State (IS) heard he plotted to fake a car accident before attacking personnel with a “Jihadi John”-style knife.

He was jailed for a minimum of 12 years after being convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

Royal Air Force Mildenhall, more commonly known as RAF Mildenhall, is a Royal Air Force station located near Mildenhall in Suffolk, England. Despite its status as a Royal Air Force station, it primarily supports United States Air Force operations, and is currently the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing.

The escalation in U.S. bases being attacked has gone up since President Trump’s decision over Jerusalem.

God bless our soldiers deployed overseas, I hope they have a safe and peaceful Holiday season.  let us never forget our brothers and sisters overs seas, especially during the holidays.


 Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.



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