After the attack, the acting head of the Capital Police, Yoganda D. Pitman said one of the two members of the law enforcement force injured in the attack was killed. And Robert Conte, acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said the attack did not appear to be a terrorist act.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a U.S. Capitol building. One member of the law enforcement force was killed and another was injured in the incident. The suspected attacker was shot dead by police. The incident happened on Friday local time. Soon after, the Capitol building was locked down.
The incident took place on Friday after supporters of then-outgoing President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol building on January 8.
A senior aide to the U.S. Congress and a Capitol police source were quoted by CNN as saying that the suspect tried to break through a security barrier on Constitution Avenue leading to the Capitol. He then tried to attack with a knife. Police responded by shooting the suspect. The attacker was killed. Earlier, two members of the law enforcement force were stabbed.
Acting Chief of Capital Police Yoganda D. Pitman said one of the two members of the law enforcement force injured in the attack was killed.
Robert Conte, acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said the attack did not appear to be a terrorist attack.
But news agency AFP quoted Capitol police as saying in a tweet shortly after the incident that one suspect had been arrested. Two injured members of the law enforcement force have been taken to hospital. The detainee was also sent to hospital. Witnesses said shots were heard during the incident.
According to CNN, the National Guard has been deployed again in the Capitol building area immediately after the incident. Earlier, the National Guard was deployed there even after the January 8 attack. Citing eyewitnesses to yesterday’s incident, the news agency Reuters reported that the Capitol building was locked down shortly after the attack attempt.
Television footage showed a blue car trying to break through a security barrier on a road leading to the Capitol building. The identity of the detainee or his motives were not immediately known.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a U.S. military base
The area was locked down after an attack on the US Capitol building: AFP
The New York Times reported that members of the Capitol Police Department were asked to remain vigilant in addition to the Capitol building lockdown. Witnesses said that a large presence of law enforcers was seen in the area immediately after the incident. However, yesterday’s incident took place at a time when no session of the Congress was going on. Most lawmakers were not even in the Capitol building area at the time. In addition, US President Joe Biden left Washington for Camp David before the incident.
Law enforcers surrounded a blue car trying to break through a security barrier near the Capitol building. April 2 in the Capitol Hill area of Washington.
Law enforcers surrounded a blue car trying to break through a security barrier near the Capitol building. April 2 in the Capitol Hill area of Washington. Photo: Reuters
More than 300 people have been charged in connection with the January attack, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The defendants include members of the far-right armed group Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. In addition, the process of accusing 100 more people in the attack is underway.
Former President Trump has been indicted for the second time in the lower house of Congress on charges of inciting attacks. But like the first impeachment trial, Trump has stepped down from the upper house of Congress to the Senate.