Thursday, 30 June 2016

'Gunman' at key US Air Force base


Air Force OneImage copyrightANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE
Image captionAndrews Air Force base hosts the president's aircraft
Andrews Air Force base in the US state of Maryland is locked down amid reports of an "active shooter".
Air Force spokesman Captain Derek White told the BBC there is a gunman at the base's hospital, the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility.
Joint Base Andrews, home to the president's plane Air Force One, is located in one of Washington's Maryland suburbs.
Personnel were advised to seek shelter and first responders were at the scene.
Reports of the gunman emerged at the same time as an "active shooter exercise" was scheduled to take place.
Joint Base Andrews tweetImage copyrightTWITTER
Joint Base Andrews tweetImage copyrightTWITTER
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said there is an "unfolding situation" at the base, but provided no further details.
Joint Base Andrews was locked down last month after a woman walked onto the base and claimed she had a bomb.
The woman was apprehended and found to have no explosives.

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