Police sweeping Downtown Dallas after bomb threat


Police sweeping Downtown Dallas after bomb threat
Dallas police respond after shots were fired during a protest over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Snipers opened fire on police officers during protests; several officers were killed, police said. (Maria R. Olivas/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Dallas police are carrying out an extensive search of the downtown area of the city after a suspect in the shooting that took place earlier in the day told law enforcement there were bombs planted in the area, a senior Dallas police officer said Friday.

“There are extensive sweeps of downtown for explosives underway. This will take quite a while,” Maj. Max Geron wrote on his Twitter account.

Five Dallas police officers were shot and killed at a protest in the city that took place following the death of two black men who were killed by police in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Police believe that the Dallas shooting of law enforcement officers was carried out by four people working together.

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