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Pearl Harbor shooting: IAF says Air Chief Bhadauria, present at military base, safe

"The IAF Chief and his team are safe," said a spokesperson of the IAF. Another official said while the IAF Chief is staying at the US air force base in Pearl Harbor, the incident of shooting took place in the naval base.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 5, 2019 10:18:37 am
Pearl Harbor shooting, Hawaii shooting, Indian Air Force, RKS Bhadauria, IAF Pearl Harbor shooting, India news, Indian Express IAF chief RK Singh Bhadauria (right) along with other Air chiefs prior to the start of PACS 2019 in Hawaii. (Twitter/@PACAF)

The Indian Air Force (IAF) Thursday said Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria was safe, following reports of a shooting incident at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, where he is participating in a conclave of air chiefs. A US Navy sailor killed two people before taking his own life at the military base in the early hours of the morning.

The two deceased were reportedly civilians working for the US Department of Defense. The motive of the attack has not been ascertained.

“The IAF Chief and his team are safe,” said a spokesperson of the IAF.

Pearl Harbor shooting, Hawaii shooting, Indian Air Force, RKS Bhadauria, IAF Pearl Harbor shooting, India news, Indian Express Security forces attend to an unidentified male outside the the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii(AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Another official said while the IAF Chief is staying at the US air force base in Pearl Harbor, the incident of shooting took place in the naval base. The official added that the two places are not close to each other.

The IAF Chief and his team are in Hawaii to participate in the Pacific Air Chiefs’ Symposium 2019 (PACS 2019). The theme of this year’s symposium is ‘A Collaborative Approach to Regional Security’.

The military base is a combined US Air Force and Navy installation located 13 kilometres from Honolulu. The base, which was formed by the merger of Pearl Harbor Naval Station and Hickam Air Force Base, was placed on lockdown for about two hours following the incident at around 2.30 pm (6.00 am IST). It has not been secured and opened.

Pearl Harbor shooting, Hawaii shooting, Indian Air Force, RKS Bhadauria, IAF Pearl Harbor shooting, India news, Indian Express US Navy Rear Adm. Robb Chadwick speaks to the media at the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Condemning the attack, Hawaiin Governor David Ige said security forces are investigating the incident. “I join in solidarity with the people of Hawaii as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting. Details are still emerging as security forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam investigate,” he tweeted.

“Base security and Navy investigative services are currently investigating. The names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified,” a statement released by the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam said.

The incident comes three days before the 78th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on the naval base that led the United States to enter World War Two by declaring war on Japan.

(With inputs from PTI, Associated Press)

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