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FBI seeking information from public on storming of U.S. Capitol

FBI seeking information from public on storming of U.S. Capitol
FBI agents armed with automatic weapons walk down a hallway in the U.S. Capitol after pro-Trump protestors entered the building during a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The FBI said it is seeking help from the public in identifying people "actively instigating violence" in Washington in the wake of a pro-Trump mob storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

In an appeal posted on its website, the federal law enforcement agency said it is "accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence" at the Capitol Building in connection with the riot, during which four people died and at least 14 police officers sustained injuries.

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"If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol," the FBI said.

Those with information were also encouraged to call ‪1-800-CALL-FBI (1-‪800-225-5324) or provide it at tips.fbi.gov.

One woman, identified by relatives as 35-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt of Ocean Beach, Calif., was fatally shot by Capitol police during the siege. A Capitol Police officer died from injuries sustained during the insurrection and three other people died due to medical emergencies.

Police made 52 arrests, including 26 on the Capitol grounds, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said.

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Authorities also recovered two pipe bombs, one from the Democratic National Committee headquarters and one from the Republican National Committee headquarters, as well as a cooler in a vehicle on Capitol grounds that contained Molotov cocktails.

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