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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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Thai authorities launch search for youth soccer team trapped in cave

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BANGKOK — Search and rescue teams on Sunday are looking for a dozen members of a youth soccer team who are missing since late Saturday afternoon, believed to be trapped in a cave in northern Thailand.

Police said local authorities, police and rescue workers were working with divers to find the 12 boys, aged 11-15, and their coach, who are believed to have entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province.

The group were apparently trapped when a heavy storm flooded a stream at the cave’s entrance.

Police Colonel Komsan Saardluan said parts of the cave, which is an estimated 6-8 kilometres long, get flooded to a height of as much as 5 metres during the rainy season, which runs from June through to October.

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Footage on Thai television showed bikes and backpacks left at the cave entrance. ThaiPBS television reported the team members came from various schools in the province and were thought to have been practicing before going to the park where the cave is located.

The search began around midnight on Saturday after police received a report of a missing child from a mother who said her son had not returned from the soccer practice that evening, ThaiPBS reported.

It said the mother last spoke to her son when he told her in the afternoon he was with the group visiting a cave inside the Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district.

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