The Indian Embassy in Washington was temporarily evacuated following a bomb threat on Tuesday morning, reports said.
The Embassy received an anonymous call sometime before 10.30 a.m. local time claiming that a bomb has been placed in the the building's toilet.
India's Ambassador to Washington Nirupama Rao, who was out of station, said police were called in after evacuating the Embassy premises. Thorough searches in the buildings of both the Indian Embassy as well as its Consulate in Mass Avenue, downtown Washington DC, found nothing suspicious.
More than 100 people were inside the Embassy when the bomb threat call came, and Rao said all Embassy employees were safe.
The Embassy premises were immediately closed while authorities carried out checks and sweeps in the area as a precautionary measure.
The Indian mission in U.S. said in a press release that the Embassy resumed its normal work after the bomb threat was proved to be a hoax.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said "appropriate law enforcement personnel responded immediately" to the bomb threat. All three of the Indian official locations in Washington - the chancery, the ambassador's residence, and the visa office - have now been cleared and no device was located, she said at a daily press briefing.
"I think there'll be an investigation, obviously, and we'll see what that leads to," she told reporters.
The bomb threat comes months after security at the Embassy was tightened and metal detectors were installed for screening of every visitor to its premises.
by RTT Staff Writer
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