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Fort Hood: Shooting scene a major US army base

Published on Apr 3, 2014 8:39 AM
 
Fort Hood, where one person was killed and 14 wounded in a shooting on Wednesday, is the largest United States military base in the world - and the scene of a deadly 2009 rampage. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS  

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Fort Hood, where one person was killed and 14 wounded in a shooting on Wednesday, is the largest US military base in the world - and the scene of a deadly 2009 rampage.

US military officials have long touted the base - located in the heart of central Texas - as an extremely secure post for soldiers, family members, and civilians.

But that reputation was shattered in 2009, when a US Army officer, Major Nidal Hasan, opened fire in an Al-Qaeda-inspired attack, killing 13 people and wounding 30. Hasan was sentenced to death last year.

Fort Hood is home to an army corps and is the only US military post capable of supporting two full armored divisions.

 
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