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US issues terrorism advisory over ‘heightened threat’

In the wake of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a terrorism advisory bulletin due to a ‘heightened threat environment’ across the US.

The agency announced that warnings have been made over anti-government ‘ideologically motivated violent extremists’ who are motivated by ‘perceived grievances fuelled by false narratives’, which could ‘continue to mobilise to incite or commit violence’.

The advisory follows the insurrection among far-right supporters of former President Donald Trump at the US Capitol on 6 January. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security warn that the riots could ‘embolden’ others to carry out similar attacks against elected officials and government buildings.

The bulletin, which says that ‘domestic violent extremists’ have ‘plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities’, remains in effect through 30 April.

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