US Capitol placed on lockdown amid reports of ‘external security threat’.

The US Capitol in Washington DC was placed on lockdown on Friday, with staff told to “seek cover” amid reports of an “external security threat”.

News organisations reported emergency vehicles at the scene with one person at least seen on a stretcher. A DC fire spokesperson told media they were responding to a reported shooting.

US Capitol police tweeted: “CRITICAL INCIDENT: USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.”

The Capitol has been on heightened security alert since January 6th, when supporters of Donald Trump stormed the building in an attempt to overturn his election defeat. Five people died as a direct result of the attack.

Some of the security fencing put up after the attack has recently been removed. – Guardian

More to follow . . .

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