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No terrorism link to
car-ramming near Capitol, say police


REUTERS
WASHINGTON
A WOMAN was arrested near the US Capitol in Washington after police said she drove erratically, crashed into another vehicle and tried to run over officers on Wednesday.
No one was hurt during the morning commotion, during which police fired shots, and the incident did not appear related to terrorism, Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said.
"Although preliminary, this incident appears criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism,"Malecki said at a news conference.
The events came a week after five were killed and about 40 hurt in London, when a car plowed into pedestrians near Britain's parliament and the suspected militant Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a police officer.
The drama near the Capitol began after officers attempted a traffic stop for an erratic driver. The woman made a U-turn and drove away, nearly hitting officers, Malecki said.
When police stopped the car after a brief pursuit, they fired shots as they tried to arrest the suspect, Malecki said. She declined to say why officers opened fire, noting the incident remains under investigation.
As the incident unfolded, a reporter saw two Capitol Police officers running down the western side of Capitol Hill holding assault rifles.
Operations inside the Capitol appeared normal however. Tourists filed through the Capitol Rotunda, and the US Senate opened its session with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging confirmation for Neil Gorsuch to the SC.

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