The FBI on Tuesday warned law enforcement that the person who built the homemade bombs and left them near the Capitol on January 6 has not yet been identified and is a “top priority” on the eve of the inauguration of Joe Biden, according to a law enforcement official. informed of security issues during inauguration.
The FBI also warned fellow law enforcement officials on Tuesday that there were concerns the person was still active and could attempt to manufacture more explosive devices, according to the law enforcement official.
As the Capitol attack unfolded on January 6, law enforcement officials found two homemade bombs just a few blocks away, one in front of the Republican National Committee headquarters and another in front of the National Committee headquarters. democrat. Federal officials made it clear in the days that followed that these two homemade bombs were legitimate destructive devices with functional components.
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The devices were “made safe” by federal authorities and did not explode. The components of these devices are being analyzed at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.
Homemade bombs are still under an open investigation, and federal authorities are examining them very closely, according to a senior federal law enforcement official, who said: “Every explosive device tells a story.”
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With the components of the devices still in good condition, authorities will look for signatures such as how they were made, where the fuel was obtained, and any similarities to thousands of other devices in federal databases. .
There are pictures of someone the authorities want to talk to about these devices, but that person’s face has been completely obscured in the picture.