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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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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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