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Police are blocking a street near the US Capitol in Washington.

Washington:

Two officers were injured near the U.S. Capitol on Friday after being struck by a vehicle less than three months after Congress was attacked by a far-right mob, police said.

The Capitol was on lockdown amid reports of gunfire during the incident.

“A suspect is in custody. Both policemen are injured. All three have been taken to hospital,” US Capitol Police said on Twitter.

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TV footage showed a blue sedan crashing into a security fence on one of the streets leading to Congress, as what appeared to be the injured officers loaded onto carts and ambulances.

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No information was immediately available on the identity or condition of the driver.

The incident took place amid heightened security in Washington following the Jan.6 insurgency by supporters of then President Donald Trump.

Five people, including a Capitol Hill police officer, died in the assault inspired by Trump’s baseless claims that he lost the November presidential election due to massive fraud.

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Since then, security officials have said there is a continued threat from far-right groups and Trump supporters.

More than 300 people were charged in the January attack, including members of extremist armed groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and 100 more are expected to be charged, according to Justice Department court records.

In recent weeks, some of the security has been relaxed, with the number of armed National Guard soldiers at the Capitol reduced and a security fence that created a large perimeter around the Capitol complex has been removed.

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Friday’s danger was limited as Congress was on vacation and relatively few people were in the building.

But UKTN News reported that security officials had already warned congressional staff of a threat before the car crashed.

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