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White House on lockdown after vehicle hits security barrier


A white van slammed into a security barrier a few blocks from the White House on Friday afternoon, prompting the Secret Service to put the grounds on lockdown. The driver has been apprehended, and no injuries were reported. Reports have begun to circulate that the driver was known to Secret Service and intentionally rammed the barrier, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

 

The "vehicle did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex," Secret Service said in a statement. A White House statement added that no shots were fired, but the back window of the car was broken.

 

The Secret Service Uniformed Division, a police force that defends the White House and other facilities, has apprehended the female driver. Unconfirmed reports have characterized her as having "mental issues."

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