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Gunmen open fire at Navy yard in Washington D.C.

September 16, 2013, 19:41 UTC+3
Ten dead, many more injured
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Photo EPA/SHAWN THEW

Photo EPA/SHAWN THEW

 WASHINGTON, September 16. (Itar-Tass) – At least three assailants opened fire at a U.S. Navy yard in Washington, D.C. The incident has left ten casualties with many more wounded, which are currently being evacuated by helicopters, as reported by the local police.

Law enforcement officials stated that one shooter has already been taking down, the other two remain at large. The media has reported that one gunman has been pinned down between stories of the building; one assailant wore military uniform.

U.S. Navy has neither confirmed nor denied this.

Meanwhile, reportedly Reagan National Airport put all departures on hold, while still accepting incoming air traffic.  

 According to local media reports, the shooting began around 8:30am local time: at least three shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building, located in Washington downtown. The number of shots which followed was not calculated.

The building is staffed by at least 3,000 people. Personnel managed to partially evacuate as someone triggered the fire alarm. The rest were issued instructions to stay where they were and observe safety precautions. 

Nearby canals and streets have been cordoned off by the police.

Barack Obama has already been informed of the shooting; he has instructed his team to cooperated with federal agencies and local law.

The population is advised to keep in the loop and monitor the situation through media, to follow instructions issued by law enforcements and other emergency services. The White House continues to monitor the situation. 

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