- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The headquarters for the Republican National Committee was cleared Wednesday after two suspicious devices were found nearby, a top GOP official said.

Harmeet K. Dhillon, a top Republican Party official, said the evacuation happened Wednesday afternoon.

“Two pipe bombs at the RNC headquarters were detonated after our staff were evacuated,” she wrote on Twitter. “Whoever is behind this terrorist act, must be found and prosecuted.”

The RNC headquarters is just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, where pro-Trump supporters stormed the building to protest the results of the presidential election.

RNC communications director Michael Aherns also said suspicious packages were found outside the building.

“RNC staff was safely evacuated from the building and the device has been successfully detonated by a bomb squad,” he wrote on Twitter.

The package was said to have been found on the ground outside, along the wall of the headquarters, Mr. Aherns told CNN.

In a statement, the FBI confirmed that it responded to reports of suspicious devices.

“Two suspected explosive devices were rendered safe by the FBI and our law enforcement partners. The investigation is ongoing,” The bureau said in a statement.

The Democratic National Committee was also evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious package was discovered, according to media reports. It is not clear if the devices were explosive.

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