Shots fired at U.S. base RAF Mildenhall after vehicle attempts entry — U.K. police

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American Air Force Base RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.Chris Radburn / PA Wire via AP file

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By Alastair Jamieson and Hans Nichols

LONDON — A suspect is in custody after a vehicle tried to force its way onto RAF Mildenhall, a U.S. Air Force base in England, American military officials and local police said Monday.

Shots were fired by American service personnel and the base was put on lockdown during the incident.

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U.S. Air Force spokesman Capt. Mark Graff said the situation was "contained" and "a suspect is in custody."

American Air Force Base RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.Chris Radburn / PA Wire via AP file

Suffolk Police said they responded to a call from the base, about 75 miles northeast of London, at 1:40 p.m. local time (8.40 a.m. ET).

"Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody," the force said in a statement. "No other people have been injured."

The base has been the subject of security concerns in recent years amid rising global terrorism.

In 2016, a delivery driver was jailed for plotting to run down and then behead U.S. service personnel from the base in revenge for a friend who was killed in a drone attack in Syria. In 2015, July 4 celebrations for U.S. personnel at the base were canceled amid fears of an attack.

Alastair Jamieson reported from London. Hans Nichols reported from Washington, D.C.