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Armed person tries to enter CIA headquarters, gunshot wounds

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CIA premises in Langley, Virginia (illustrative image). – SAUL LOEB / AFP

An armed person was shot and wounded on Monday afternoon, shot by FBI agents after trying to enter CIA headquarters, US federal police said. This unidentified person could not pass the first access door leading to the vast wooded complex of the CIA, the American intelligence agency, located near Washington.

Security personnel then tried to negotiate with her for several hours to convince her to surrender. But the individual “got out of his vehicle with a weapon, and was arrested by law enforcement,” the FBI said in a statement, adding that he had been “injured and taken to hospital” .

Security has been strengthened

Earlier, a CIA spokesperson said the agency was aware of the situation outside the secure perimeter of the complex, several hundred yards from the main building. “Our complex remains secure and our security officers are the only agency employees directly involved,” he said.

The security of the CIA headquarters has been stepped up in recent years. This one is in Langley, Virginia, near a busy road.

In 1993, Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani, killed two agency workers and injured three others, shooting them while they were in their cars and waiting to enter the compound. He fled to Pakistan, where he was arrested after a hunt for more than four years. Extradited to the United States, he was sentenced to death, then executed in 2002.

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