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(Washington) A police officer was stabbed to death on Tuesday in an attack a few meters from the Pentagon, which was briefly placed on alert, according to a senator and several US media outlets.
Posted on August 3, 2021 at 11:57 am Updated at 4:51 pm
U.S. Department of Defense officials were told to stay inside the building by loudspeaker around 10:40 am after multiple gunshots were heard at the bus station near the iconic building south of the capital, Washington, Virginia.
The alarm condition was lifted around 12:10 p.m., the exits to the subway station and the bus station, both a few meters from one of the entrances to the Pentagon but open to the public, remained closed until further notice.
“The incident is over, the area is safe and, most importantly, our community is no longer threatened,” Pentagon Security Force chief Woodrow Kusse told reporters.
He said there were “several people injured” but declined to confirm reports that one of his officers died of stab wounds while the attacker was shot dead.
However, Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner offered condolences to the policeman’s friends and family.
“I am terribly saddened by the death of a Pentagon police officer who was killed in an insane act of violence this morning,” he tweeted.
Local television channels showed dozens of police officers gathering in front of the Washington hospital where the officer had been transferred to pay tribute in the afternoon.
The emergency services of Arlington, the community in which the Pentagon is located, headquarters of the Department of Defense and commander of the US Army, said that “several patients” were treated on site.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “was not in the building at the time of the incident,” said spokesman John Kirby. “The minister has been briefed on the incident at the Pentagon and is regularly informed of any new developments,” he added.
Mr. Austin and Chief of Staff General Mark Milley were at the White House for a weekly meeting with President Joe Biden.