Fourth Generation Warfare

Capitol Police Investigate ‘Bomb Threat’ Near Library of Congress

Emily Cochrane and New York Times

The police closed off several streets and sent alerts to congressional staff members, prompting evacuations.

WASHINGTON — The United States Capitol Police were negotiating with a man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress on Thursday, prompting evacuations from government buildings in the area.

The man drove a black pickup onto the sidewalk of the Library of Congress at about 9:15 Thursday morning, and the police responded to a disturbance call, Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Capitol Police said in a news conference.

When the police arrived, the man said he had a bomb and one of the officers observed what appeared to be a detonator in his hand, Chief Manger said.

The police are negotiating with the man, he said. It was unclear whether the man did actually have explosives.


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