Suspicious package causes area of U.S. Capitol to evacuate, man being questioned

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CNN — Capitol Hill Police are questioning a man with a backpack in the area of the Hart Senate Office Building. He raised suspicions with the contents of his backpack and the way he responded to police questions, two Capitol Hill police officers told CNN.

The man’s backpack contained sealed envelopes, one of the officers said. The backpack is being X-rayed, one of the officers said. The man carrying a bag of letters who is being questioned by Capitol police is not believed to be connected to a letter possibly containing ricin found in a Senate mailroom and an apparently similar letter sent to President Obama, a federal law enforcement official told CNN. The man being questioned is described as emotionally disturbed, the official said.

Earlier, U.S. Capitol police evacuated the first floor of the Hart Senate office building on Wednesday due to the suspicious activity. People on other floors of the building were told to go into their offices.

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