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Man killed himself in front of White House

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US Secret Service agents stand guard on the west side of the White House after a man shot himself in front of the White House, Washington DC, the United States, on March 3, 2018. Xinhua photo

WASHINGTON — A man fatally shot himself on the crowded pedestrian avenue directly in front of the White House on Saturday, officials said.

The man, who was not identified yet, was in a large crowd when he fired the gun himself, the Washington Post reported, citing witnesses.

The incident occurred just before noon, putting the White House on a lockdown while reporters were temporarily sent down to the basement.

“Adult male has been declared deceased,” the Washington, DC Police Department said on Twitter.

Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said the male suffered a single gunshot wound and that Secret Service personnel didn’t fire any shots.

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The Secret Service said a white male approached the fence north of the White House at about 11:46 am (1646 GMT), “removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House.”

One video posted on social media showed hundreds of people running away as sirens blared in the background and emergency vehicles sped toward the scene.

US President Donald Trump was not at the White House at the time of the shooting. He is at West Palm Beach in the state of Florida and is expected to return to Washington DC Saturday evening.

“Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse,” the Secret Service tweeted.

“No other reported injuries related to the incident at @WhiteHouse,” said the Secret Service.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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