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Post time 2009-11-6 06:26:57 |Display all floors
From the BBC

Twelve shot dead at US army base  Fort Hood

The shooter was killed by police, the base's commander said

Lt Gen Bob Cone said one shooter had been killed in the incident and two suspects arrested. All were American soldiers. The base is locked down.

The motivation for the shooting is not known, he said. One of the dead was a policeman but the others were soldiers.

President Barack Obama described it as "a horrific outburst of violence".

Speaking at a press conference in Washington, he said: "It is difficult enough when we lose these brave men and women abroad, but it is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on US soil."

Largest US base in the world
Home to about 40,000 personnel
Built in 1942
Focus for anti-war protesters
Includes two museums and a lake

He extended his condolences to the families of the victims, adding: "We will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident."

Mr Obama said the White House was working with the Pentagon, FBI and Department of Homeland Security to make sure Fort Hood was secure.

Fort Hood, near the town of Killeen, is the largest US base in the world.

Home to about 40,000 US troops, the base lies between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles (97 km) from each city.

Army spokesman Lt Col Nathan Banks at the Pentagon earlier told the Associated Press news agency the shootings had begun at about 1330 (1930 GMT) on Thursday at a personnel and medical processing centre at Fort Hood.

A serviceman stationed at Fort Hood who asked to remain anonymous told the BBC: "I heard the emergency announcement over the speakers outside and saw people rushing to get indoors.

"In our office we're okay but we're hearing about the deaths. It's horrible and very shocking.

"We are still on lockdown. I am hearing that at least nine people may be dead. This is so terrible and frightening."

The BBC's Adam Brookes in Washington says units at Fort Hood are among those deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some will have returned from there.

The base has a centre that deals with combat stress, our correspondent adds.

Hilary Shine, of the Killeen Fire Department told the BBC's News Channel Fort Hood was like a small city.

"It has schools, a hospital, a convenience store even. And it has a large daytime population - including civilians working on the base - with as many as 80,000 in this area during the daytime."

Local congressman John Carter, speaking to NBC News, said gunfire had erupted half an hour before a graduation ceremony was due to begin.

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson said in a statement: "I am shocked and saddened by today's outburst of violence at Fort Hood that has cost seven of our brave service members their lives and has gravely injured others.

"My heart goes out to their loved ones."

President Obama also asked for our prayers...

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Post time 2009-11-6 07:40:30 |Display all floors

Big deal

After butchering millions all over the world,why should we worry if a few of them get
bumped off in a fratricdal shoot out ?

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Post time 2009-11-6 07:49:06 |Display all floors
You do not have to worry, petera.

Nobody is expecting that from you.

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Post time 2009-11-6 07:56:43 |Display all floors

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Post time 2009-11-6 21:35:23 |Display all floors
Will they ever get anything right with their reporting?
There are several gunmen involved in the shooting, a second gunman is in custody.

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Post time 2009-11-6 21:39:07 |Display all floors

While the troll are laughing...

... the command staff of the PLA, along with other command staffs around the world, are looking as this incident with a sense of unease - given the question of disciple within the officer corps - and the additional question of what if this was an officer that had access to weapons more substantial than personal firearms.

That was a question posed about 10 years ago when an Air Force Pilot broke off from a training mission with his A-10, armed with a full clip of 30mm cannon shells and a couple of 500 lb. bombs, during the Timothy McVeigh Trial.

Gloat all you want folks - but there is no joy in Beijing on this incident, only a quiet sense of dread.
China's Eccentric 'Uncle Laowai' from Chicago, IL

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Post time 2009-11-6 21:46:51 |Display all floors

Speculating on whether Beijing may become the world's first broken arrow city?

I'd be more worried about a radical Christian rightist trying to go hot on Mecca during the Hajj.

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