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At approximately 9am Baton Rouge Police officers and East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies were involved in a shooting incident on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway.
Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Three cops were killed and three others injured.

This follows the recent killing of a black man by police in the city, which sparked protests. That, and  another police killing police in Minnesota, triggered a revenge attack by a black army veteran who shot dead five officers in the city of Dallas.

Mobile phone footage from the scene showed police cars arriving at a road intersection. Several shots were then heard.

Police are reported to be using a robot to check for explosives at the scene.
Baton Rouge's  local sheriff's department spokeswoman told WAFB TV the incident began shortly before 09:00 local time and was being treated as "an active situation", with road closures in the area.

A witness interviewed by the station said the shooting appeared to have broken out before law enforcement officers arrived at the scene.
Another witness said she saw a gunman wearing a black mask and military-style clothing.

One suspect is dead and two others may still be at large.

Source: Aljhazeera