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Officials: Violent extremists pose ‘elevated threat’ to US

US capitol surrounded by barbed wire fence, Photo Date: March 4, 2021.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Violent extremists motivated by political grievances and racial biases pose an "elevated threat" to the U.S. homeland.

That's according to an unclassified intelligence report released more than two months after a violent mob of insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol.

The assessment was made in a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The report says extremists seen as risks for violence are motivated by a range of ideologies, including belief in conspiracy theories promoting violence, concerns over restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic and belief that November's presidential election was fraudulently conducted.

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