2 Detained as Cops Uncover Alleged Plot to Attack Counting Centre in Philadelphia
Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs and chant slogans during a protest outside the Philadelphia Convention Center as votes continue to be counted following the 2020 US presidential election on November 5, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (McGrath/Getty Images/AFP)
The local newspaper said the men were detained following a tip-off, first reported by 6ABC Action News Thursday night, that an armed group were heading to the center. No injuries have been reported.
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US police have detained two men outside a Philadelphia polling station in Pennsylvania, a battleground state yet to declare a winner in the presidential election, local media reported Friday.
Ballot counting continues in four crucial states days after Tuesday's vote, with Democrat Joe Biden still confident of capturing the presidency from incumbent Donald Trump.
Trump, narrowly ahead in Pennsylvania, has made unsubstantiated claims about vote rigging in these key states.
Shortly after 10 pm (8:30 am IST) two men were detained outside the Philadelphia Convention Centre where vote counting is ongoing, according to the Philadephia Inquirer. The local newspaper said the men were detained following a tip-off, first reported by 6ABC Action News Thursday night, that an armed group were heading to the center. No injuries have been reported.
The hugely contentious US election has come down to four states -- Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada -- deciding the victor. Since Election Day the president has fired off tweets calling for ballot counting to be stopped, and contended without proof there has been voter fraud.
But his tweets have been masked with notices telling people the claims are misleading. On Thursday Facebook shut down pro-Trump group "Stop the Steal" that was organizing protests against vote-counting.
Philadelphia police did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.