The United States Capitol was targeted for another attack on Friday when a jawan ran his car over the police, killing one officer and injuring another before being shot.
Joe Biden said he was “devastated” by the act, which took place nearly three months after the deadly attack on a congressional seat in Washington, led by Trump supporters, including far-right activists.
This time, the attack did not appear to have been carried out by a white supremacist.
Police have not revealed the identity of the suspect who was stabbed before being shot. But American media claimed that it was Noah Green, a 25-year-old black man.
He released his photo as well as his Facebook page, on which he expressed his sympathy for the leader of the “Nation of Islam” movement, Louis Farrakhan, who regularly slammed him for making anti-Jewish remarks.
The social network reacted with a statement in the evening, stating that it deleted the suspect’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, and “any content that praised, supported or represented the attack or the suspect”.
Other details about the suspect also began to appear in the evening. Christophe Newport University confirmed to AFP that Noah Green had graduated in finance from this institution in Virginia (North East) from 2019.
Washington Police Chief Robert Conte said the attack was “not linked to terrorism, but we will obviously continue the investigation.”
The elected representatives of the Congress are on parliamentary holiday this week, but some members of their team, staff, journalists and police were present during these events, which took place in the early afternoon.
All these capitals are still painful in the attack on January 6, including a police officer.
“We know what a difficult time it is for the Capitol, for all those who work there and who protect it,” Joe Biden said in a statement, ordering the half-mast of the flag of federal public buildings gave.
– ” once again ” –
Cast in hand, National Guard soldiers quickly blocked the road near the white building and police checkpoints on Friday. He has been stationed in Washington since the January attack.
At a large revenue nearby, the attacker stamped against an interception for several hours, before carrying the blue vehicle.
“The suspect hit two officers from our car,” said Washington Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pitman.
“At that point, the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in his hand” and “started walking towards the officers”, who “shot him”. He died around 1:30 pm (5:30 pm GMT).
It was with a voice broken by emotion that the Capitol Police Chief announced the death of his agent, William Evans, who had served in his services for 18 years.
“The Capitol Police has been going through an extremely difficult phase since the events of January 6,” she said.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi ordered the flag to be lowered at half mast in the Capitol to pay tribute to the dead police officer, “martyr for our democracy”.
“Today, once again, these heroes risk their lives to protect the Capitol and our country,” he wrote.
Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said “once again courageous officers of the Capitol Police have been violently attacked when they are simply doing their job.”
– Removed obstacles –
The Capitol walls were placed under very high security after the attack in early January.
Some barriers were recently removed, and the security perimeter tightened around the main building and its famous dome.
The incidents took place near a Senate post where a number of MPs enter the session of the Congress.
Several thousand supporters of Donald Trump attacked the congressional seat on January 6, when elected officials certified the victory of their Democratic rival Joe Biden in the presidential election.
Five people have died in the attack, and more than 300 people have been arrested for participating in the attack so far.
Former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate in February after a vigorous trial alleging “inciting extremism” by the House of Representatives.