E.In Mann, the police near the US Capitol in Washington held their breath with a bomb threat for hours and then surrendered to the security forces. The 49-year-old suspect was arrested without resistance, said Capitol Police chief Tom Manger on Thursday afternoon (local time) in Washington. A bomb was not found in the vehicle, the police said. However, possible material for the construction of bombs had been secured. The man’s motive was initially unclear.
The police had previously announced that the suspect drove a truck to the Library of Congress that morning and stopped there. The driver told the police that he had a bomb. Thereupon they talked to the man about a “peaceful solution”. The area around the Capitol was cordoned off and surrounding buildings were evacuated.
Videos appeared on the net that are supposed to show the man in the vehicle. The police did not confirm the authenticity of the videos. The videos show a man sitting in a vehicle filming himself. He asked to speak to President Joe Biden on the phone. He also talked about Afghanistan, patriots and a revolution.
Site, which specializes in monitoring extremist groups on the Internet, said the man’s activities on online networks suggested that he was a supporter of ex-President Donald Trump’s MAGA movement. MAGA is short for Make America Great Again, Trump’s campaign slogan.
On January 6, an angry mob stormed the Capitol. The attackers wanted to prevent Congress – the US Parliament – from officially confirming Biden’s election victory over then US President Donald Trump. In April, despite significantly tightened security measures, an attacker killed a police officer in front of the parliament building and seriously injured another. There was also an incident outside the Capitol in April in which a police officer was killed by an attacker.