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The Oregon 'militia' standoff escalated into bloodshed as the leader was arrested.

The leader of the armed "militia" which took over a wildlife refuge has been arrested alongside a number of his associates, with one person being reported killed during a shootout with the FBI. Ammon Bundy is one of seven people now in custody after the FBI attempted to stop the men while they were driving to a community meeting.

The FBI described the arrested as "an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge."

There has been considerable controversy surrounding the entire occupation, with many people feeling that had the perpetrators been Muslim, the incident would have ended on the day it began, perhaps with military action.

At this moment in time, it is believed that there are still people in the wildlife refuge.

Cliven Bundy, a notorious figure in the anti-Government movement and Ammon's father, spoke of his disappointment in the shooting of one of the protestors.

"My sons are good people and they were there to help...It's a rotten shame that people there are not trying to harm anybody and now they are shooting them dead," he said.

"We're not going to put up with this...This is a pretty big deal for America. This is the way they treat people who try to help? We are tired of the abuse."

Reports suggest that those arrested are facing charges of "conspiracy to impede officers through the use of force, intimidation or threats," a far cry from the terrorism charges many were hoping for.

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Date:Jan 27, 2016
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