Saturday, April 3, 2021

Vehicle attack raises new questions about US Capitol security | Al Jazeera

New questions are being raised about security measures around the United States Congress after a vehicular assault on a security checkpoint killed one Capitol Police officer, injured another and ended with the driver of the car shot dead.

A couple of minutes after 1pm local time (17:00 GMT) on Friday a man drove a car into a main driveway of the US Capitol plaza, striking two police officers before crashing into a barricade. The man emerged from his car brandishing a knife and lunged at the officers before being shot, police officials said.

Officer William “Billy” Evans succumbed to his injuries, according to acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman. The second officer remained hospitalised.

“We are devastated to share the sad news that one of our officers involved in this afternoon’s incident passed away,” the Capitol Police said in a statement. Evans, a Capitol Police officer since 2003, died at a hospital from injuries sustained in the attack.

Most of the 535 members of Congress were away on recess when the attack happened. National Guard soldiers and police with riot shields responded to the incident which caused a two-hour lockdown for thousands of congressional staff working at the Capitol complex.


 Le Capitole des Etats-Unis a été visé par une nouvelle attaque lorsqu'un jeune homme a précipité sa voiture sur des policiers, tuant un agent et en blessant un autre avant d'être abattu.

 Joe Biden s'est dit "dévasté" par cet acte survenu près de trois mois après l'assaut meurtrier du siège du Congrès à Washington.

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