US issues terror alert over anti-government extremists

US issues terror alert over anti-government extremists

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Washington: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a nationwide terrorism alert on Wednesday, citing the potential threat of domestic anti-government extremists opposed to Democratic President Joe Biden’s presidency.

The warning stated that extremists were “stigmatized” in the deadly attack on Congress by angry supporters of President Donald Trump before January 6, and they may attack elected officials and government agencies.

The warning came as California authorities accused Trump supporters and followers of a far-right militia group of possessing five homemade tube bombs, accusing him of intending to attack the Democratic Party.

The National Terrorism Advisory System announced that after Biden’s January 20 inauguration and the US Capitol swept through, the threat of an attack could continue for weeks.

“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the Department of Homeland Security said.

Some security worries surround the impeachment trial of Trump beginning in the second week of February.

Trump has been charged by the House of Representatives with “incitement of insurrection” for allegedly encouraging the assault on the Capitol.

The Department of Homeland Security stated that there is no information indicating any specific, credible threats.

“However, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition… could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence,” it said.

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