Armed man arrested outside UN headquarters in New York

United Nations headquarters in New York. [File Photo]

A man was arrested on Thursday late evening by the New York police as he was holding a shotgun outside the United Nations headquarters after an hours-long standoff in which roads around the venue were cordoned off.

According to a UN official speaking on condition of anonymity to NDTV, the man had threatened to kill himself in front of one of the building’s main entrances.

Images showed armed police surrounding him as he walked up and down the sidewalk holding the gun for more than two hours.

“We have one male in custody in regard to this incident,” the report quoted NYPD spokeswoman as saying.

The United Nations had earlier told staff that the area was secured by police and that “no UN staff or associates are in danger.”

UN meetings were not interrupted as police negotiated with the man before his arrest, the report added.


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