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'Mentally ill' attacker dead after US machete assault

Three Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents were attacked at the pre check-in line at Louis Armstrong International Airport while screening boarding passesA machete-wielding mentally ill man armed with Molotov cocktails and smoke bombs who attacked police at a New Orleans airport died, amid security concerns at America’s transport hubs. Attacker Richard White, 63, died at a hospital after being shot three times by police when he stormed a security checkpoint and attempted to assault Transportation Security Administration agents. “He was pronounced dead this afternoon at 4:02 pm (2102 GMT),” Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Colonel John Fortunato told AFP. Initial reports said White had wounded one of the TSA agents at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, but police later said the injured employee was in fact hit by a stray bullet as police opened fire on the assailant.

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