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Officers and snipers took position outside the car park where the standoff was taking place

Gun attack on Dallas police headquarters

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A gunman has opened fire on the police headquarters in the US city of Dallas, before fleeing the scene in what appeared to be an armoured vehicle, BBC reports. A police chase led to a tense standoff in a car park for several hours, until police shot at the suspect through the front windshield of the van. Police believe the suspect is dead, but are approaching the van with caution as it may be loaded with explosives.

Earlier, at least two bombs detonated outside the Dallas police HQ in Texas. The motive for the attack is not clear. No officers have been hurt.  Initially, police quoted witnesses as saying that as many as four suspects were involved in the initial shooting at about 00:30 (05:30GMT) on Saturday. However, Dallas Police Chief David Brown subsequently said he believed only one gunman was involved.

He said that following the shooting, the suspect fled in the van, ramming a police car. A police chase ended in a car park in Hutchins, about nine miles (14km) from central Dallas. The van, which has been disabled using a police rifle, appeared to have gun ports built into its sides.

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