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US Capitol on lockdown for second day after 'suspicious package' discovered

The area was placed closed off to public after an armed man was shot and arrested at a visitors centre Monday

Andrew Buncombe reporting for the Independent: Washington DC was placed on lockdown again as response to a suspicious package that was found in the vicinity.

Reuters reported the finding by the US Capitol Police, but did not provide further details. As soon as the package was discovered, a bomb squad was dispatched to the scene. Shortly before 10am, officials announced an “all-clear”.

 

The first lockdown was initiated after a man pointed, what at the time looked like a weapon, at a police officer and was subsequently shot and wounded by police in response.

The center was soon opened to tourists, who amassed in a line and were waiting outside until 8.15am. However, they were quickly cleared out of the danger area again, right after the dangerous looking package was found.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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