Two officers have been injured close to the US Capitol on Friday after being rammed by a automobile lower than three months after the Congress got here beneath assault from an extreme-right mob, police mentioned. The driving force who rammed the officers is useless, experiences mentioned.
The Capitol was on lockdown amid experiences of pictures having been fired within the incident.
“Each officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital,” the US Capitol Police mentioned on Twitter.
Tv footage confirmed a blue sedan that had crashed right into a safety barrier on one of many streets resulting in Congress, as what gave the impression to be the injured officers have been loaded onto gurneys and into ambulances.
No data was instantly accessible on the identification of the driving force.
The incident got here amid tightened safety in Washington after the January 6 rebel by supporters of then-president Donald Trump.
5 individuals, together with a Capitol Police officer, died within the assault impressed by Trump’s groundless claims that he had misplaced the November presidential election as a result of large fraud.
Since then safety officers have mentioned there may be an ongoing risk from excessive proper teams and Trump supporters.
Greater than 300 individuals have been charged within the January assault, together with members of armed extremists teams just like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and 100 extra are anticipated to be charged, in response to Justice Division courtroom filings.
In latest weeks some safety has been loosened, with the variety of armed Nationwide Guard troops on the Capitol diminished and a safety fence that created a broad perimeter across the Capitol advanced eliminated.
The hazard on Friday was restricted as Congress was in recess and comparatively few individuals have been within the constructing.
However CBS Information reported that safety officers had already warned congressional staffers of a risk earlier than the automobile ramming.
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