UK air base used by U.S. forces has attack incident at gate

UK air base used by U.S. forces has attack incident at gate
Personnel in formation at RAF Mildenhall in 2014, celebrating the UK air base's 80th anniversary. (Image: USAF, A1C Victoria H. Taylor)

[Ed. – Jihadis in Britain would be about equally motivated to attack UK or U.S. personnel, so it’s not clear if the driver knew that the perimeter security is provided by the U.S. Air Force.  A guy with training would know, but some of these ISIS-inspired types are just idiots.  It’s a bozo-brained thing to do, for sure.  This was at RAF Mildenhall, BTW.]

On Monday, a driver attempted to charge his car through a gate at a U.S. Air Force garrisoned-base in Britain. He was detained and arrested with mild injuries.

At present, it’s not clear what motivated the suspect, but there are indications this could have been an attempted terrorist attack. We don’t know much yet, but the little we do allows us to make some inferences that could be significant.

First off, the local police force quickly labeled the attack a “significant incident.” This is British security-speak for a terrorist attack or other mass casualty event. Seeing as no one apart from the suspect was injured, the terrorist attack explanation seems the most likely.

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