An ambush by snipers during a protest march in downtown Dallas killed five police officers and wounded at least seven others on Thursday night.

Around 800 people had gathered for the Black Lives Matter protest march against the two separate shootings of black men over the past two days. Attendees of the rally described a convivial atmosphere, suddenly punctuated by the first shots at around 8:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Speaking from Warsaw, Poland, where he is attending a summit of NATO leaders, U.S. President Barack Obama called the shootings in Dallas a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”

The identities of the attackers have not been released.

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