Muslim army major kills 13 and injures 31 in gun rampage at U.S. military base

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Thirteen people have been killed and at least 31 wounded when a soldier with two guns went on a rampage at America's biggest military base.

The gunman, named as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, was cut down by authorities at the Fort Hood base in Texas - but survived the shootout and is now in custody.

The Virginia-born soldier is a Muslim convert and furious over the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. and allied troops.

First reports said he had been killed but early this morning it was revealed that he had been wounded and was in a stable condition.

He was shot four times, and was on a ventilator and unconscious, according to military officials. 'I would say his death is not imminent,' Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood said.

Lt Gen Cone said the shooting broke out at 1.30pm at the Soldier Readiness Centre.

Soldiers rushed to treat their injured colleagues by ripping their uniforms into makeshift bandages.

The mayhem and terror at the scene was so great that officials have not ruled out the possibility that some casualties may have been victims of 'friendly fire', shot by authorities amid the confusion, said a senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Hasan is a psychiatrist employed at Fort Hood to counsel troops returning from active duty. He was due to be deployed to Iraq at the end of the year.

The shooting happened at a Soldier Readiness Facility on Fort Hood an area where servicemen leaving or returning from war duty are processed.

Army colleagues said Hasan, who is single and had no children, had fervently expressed his opposition to the war.

Retired Colonel Terry Lee who worked with the major said: 'He was so outspoken I once said to him, "Look, you got to cool it".

'He was reacting with open glee at the death of some soldiers by a suicide bomber. I told him, "You might not agree with this but this is the army and we are here to serve the country.'

Mr Lee said Hasan repeatedly stated: 'Muslims should rise up against the aggressors.'

'He was very much against that and he was appealing through the channels for the deployment to be cancelled,' Mr Lee said.

Hasan's cousin Nader Hasan said the major had also served as a psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., which treats badly-wounded troops.

'He was a psychiatrist at Walter Reed dealing with the people coming back and... trying to help them with their trauma,' he said.

The cousin added that Hasan had been transferred to Fort Hood from Walter Reed about four months ago.

'We've known over the last five years that was probably his worst nightmare,' he said.

Last night the FBI was assisting the military with the investigation into one of America's worst killings at an army base. Two soldiers who were apprehended as suspects were later released.

President Barack Obama described the incident as a ‘horrific outburst of violence'.

‘These are men and women who have made a selfless and courageous decision to risk and at some times lose their lives to protect the rest of us.

‘It is difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on American soil,’ he said.

Mr Obama said he didn’t yet know all the details, but promised the government would get ‘answers to every single question'.

Lt General Bob Cone said all of the fatalities and injuries happened in the 1.30pm shooting at the Soldier Readiness Centre.

'We have had a terrible tragedy. It’s stunning and the soldiers and families who work here are absolutely devastated.’

He said the victims were gunned down as they were at the centre where soldiers ‘preparing to deploy go for last-minute medical check-ups and dental treatment.’ 

Lt General Cone said Hasan used two handguns in the attack. It was not clear if he had stopped to reload.

At the Soldier Readiness Centre, soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening - on average about 300-400 screened a day, said Sergeant Rebecca Lampam.

She said a graduation ceremony for soldiers who finished college courses while deployed was also going on in the auditorium at the time of the shooting.

One of the injured was 19-year-old Amber Bahr, who was shot in the stomach but remains in a stable condition. 'We know nothing, just that she was shot in the belly,' said her mother Lisa Pfund.

Covering 339 square miles, Fort Hood is the largest active duty armoured post in the world and home to about 52,000 troops.

The sprawling base, located halfway between Austin and Waco, was where Elvis Presley famously served part of his military service in the 1950s.

The base has lost more soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other military facility. continues here

Editorial : Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families

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3 Responses to "Muslim army major kills 13 and injures 31 in gun rampage at U.S. military base"
Anonymous said...
6 November 2009 at 15:07

I better see some SERIOUS action from Obama on this one! What does this country expect when they hire a man named Barak Obama to lead the most powerful CHRISTIAN nation????? Does no one see the conflict but I??? Get your heads out of the sand. He can say he is not supportive of the Muslim extremists all he wants. Those of us wh have the mentality of one beyond Kindergarten can see beyond the guise. There just must not be as many of us as I had once thought! What happened to all of the smart Americans who made this Country what it is? Are they ALL dead???

Illuminated One said...
8 November 2009 at 19:59

Have you seen today's news about immigration officials being told to take risks when letting migrants into the country? Now I wonder who's behind that then eh? Stir up a war in the Middle East and wind up the muslims, then let them en masse into western countries. You might say it's a recipe for disaster.

Of course if you talk about who's REALLY responsible, they will come down on you like a ton of bricks.

Editor said...
11 November 2009 at 09:49

Thanks for your comment, I believe I have heard the same, although the owned press have now upped the ante against Labour in order to permit the conservatives to win the forthcoming election and convince the people that they have a say. You will know as do I, that there simply is no Islamic threat, at least not on the scale propagandised by the owned press, yet distinct peoples were never meant to inhabit the same territory peacefully so immigration in itself aids the agenda, which is supranational in nature and destructive to all, take care…

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