United States: Capitol evacuated after discovery of vehicle suspected of containing explosives

A police intervention was underway this Thursday afternoon in Washington, United States, after police detected a suspicious vehicle near the Capitol. “This is a bomb threat investigation,” Capitol police said midmorning, as authorities believe the truck parked “near the Library of Congress” could be full of explosives.

Police “send negotiators to speak to a man in a truck making this threat,” CNN said, citing a law enforcement source. The police do not confirm this latest information at the moment. The FBI announced that it was responding with the Capitol Police to reports of “a suspicious vehicle and a bomb threat near the Library of Congress.”

Several surrounding buildings evacuated

Congress is not in session during this week’s parliamentary recess, but parliamentary clerks and assistants frequent the Capitol. Several Library and Congress office buildings were evacuated and in others, those present were ordered to stay away from doors and windows, according to US journalists at the scene.

The GOP headquarters, which is a few hundred yards away, was also evacuated, according to a Washington Post reporter citing an anonymous source. Police, for their part, asked to avoid the area around the Library of Congress, which faces Congress, across a street and a park, right next to the Supreme Court.

The Capitol grounds have been under tight security since the deadly assault carried out on January 6 by supporters of Donald Trump. On April 2, a police officer was killed and another injured when a young man threw his car against a checkpoint that protected the entrance, before being shot.

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