US issues ‘heightened threat’ alert after transition

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The Department of Homeland Security in the US has issued a national terrorism advisory, warning of a heightened threat following the US election.

It said there was no information on a specific or credible plot.

But it said “individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition” could pose a threat.

An attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters on 6 January has led to scores of arrests.

The advisory said that the department believed a heightened threat would persist in “the weeks following the successful presidential inauguration”.

“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 fuelled by false narratives, could continue to mobilise to incite or commit violence,” it said.

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