Law enforcement agencies are inspecting vehicles for explosives around the International Monetary Fund and World Bank buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as other places in downtown Washington and on Capitol Hill, while maintaining police patrols citywide to safeguard against possible attacks on other targets, reports the Washington Post. Reacting to intelligence received by Homeland Security officials, D.C. police said they have activated surveillance cameras trained on areas near the IMF and World Bank headquarters, about two blocks from the White House. Teams of bomb-sniffing dogs are sweeping the vicinity.
There were no immediate plans to close streets as a result of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s announcement of an orange alert — one rung below the highest level — for the financial institutions in Washington as well as New York and Newark. Officials acknowledged that the threat was the most specific and credible against the capital since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon, but they urged people to go about their routines, while taking care to be highly vigilant and to review their emergency preparedness plans.