Man Suspected of Carrying Ammonium Nitrate in Backpack Taken into Custody near Pentagon
US Park Police then searched for the man’s vehicle. A short time later, a car was located near the Pentagon.
Several roads near the Pentagon were blocked off as law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the US Park Police, and the Pentagon Police rushed to the scene. A Pentagon Police spokesman said that an explosives team was also called in to investigate the vehicle.
Authorities reportedly found al Qaeda-related statements, a backpack initially believed to contain ammonium nitrate, and spent 9mm shells at the scene, ABC’s “Good Morning America” reported.
A notebook containing words including “al Qaeda” and Taliban” was found at the scene, FOX News Channel reported.
CBS News reported that the arrested man was suspected of planting several suspicious devices around the Pentagon, the Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial.
US Park Police Sergeant David Schlosser said at a news conference early Friday law enforcement authorities were conducting sweeps of the Pentagon, the cemetery and the memorial.
“We’re pretty early in this right now so were going to be doing sweeps. We’re coordinating our efforts to make sure that the entire area is safe,” Schlosser said.
He refused to comment on whether the man arrested by authorities had any links to terrorist organizations.
“I think that any connection to any other activity is something that will obviously be looked into. It’s very early in this investigation, so [with] any connections to outside organizations, it’s too early to tell,” he added.
On Monday, a highway ramp near the Pentagon was closed while police investigated reports of a suspicious package in a car. No explosive device was found on that occasion.
Friday’s road closures caused major traffic congestion on roads around the Pentagon, with road users facing major delays during their morning commute.
Metro train services were not affected by the incident, however commuters were warned of delays and detours on local bus services.