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US security forces step up security at White House following two breaches

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Following two security breaches in 24 hours, the US Secret Service says it has stepped up security at the White House and begun a “comprehensive review” of procedures.

The more serious incident saw a man wielding a knife enter the building on Friday, prompting a partial evacuation.

US President, Barack Obama was not present at the time of the incident.

The following day, another man drove up to a security gate. Both men have since been arrested.

President Obama said he still had “full confidence” in the Secret Service, which is tasked with protecting senior American officials and visiting leaders.

The Secret Service saif the man involved in Friday’s incident, Omar Gonzalez, was only stopped after entering the North Portico doors.

Video footage showed the intruder running across a White House lawn after scaling a fence. He was later found to be carrying a 3.5-inch folding knife.

A US Secret Service agent with an automatic rifle hurries people to evacuate the White House complex over a security alert.

US officials said the president and his daughters had just left the White House by helicopter before Gonzalez entered. The man was later taken to a Washington hospital after complaining of chest pains.

An apparently unrelated incident on Saturday saw a man drive up to a vehicle gate in the complex and refuse to leave.

Secret Service agents shut down nearby streets and searched the vehicle for explosives.

(Source: BBC World)

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