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(Scroll down for video) The CIA has apologized for an incident in which agents left explosives on a school bus in Virginia.
The CIA said that its K-9 units regularly participate in training with K-9 units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Last week, a CIA K-9 unit conducted a routine training exercise with law enforcement officials in Loudoun County.
During the exercise, explosive training material was inadvertently left by the CIA K-9 unit in one of the school buses used in the exercise.
On Wednesday, the CIA was notified that the explosive training material was found when the bus was undergoing routine maintenance.
The CIA coordinated closely with local authorities and recovered the training material. According to Loudoun County officials, the bus transported students the day before the agents left the explosives on the bus.
CIA and Loudoun County explosives experts have confirmed that the training material did not pose a danger to passengers on the bus.
To prevent such incidents from happening again, the CIA has taken immediate steps to strengthen inventory and control procedures in its K-9 program.
The CIA will also conduct a thorough and independent review of the CIA’s K-9 training program.
The CIA performed a full inventory this morning and accounted for all the explosive training material used in the K-9 training program.
The bus was used to transported 26 students from Pinebrook and Buffalo Trail elementary schools and the Rock Ridge High School.
Parents said that they were shocked to hear that the CIA used a school bus for an exercise involving explosives.