Capitol riots: The hunt to identify and arrest Capitol rioters

By Tara McKelvey
BBC White House reporter

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After the siege on the US Capitol building, the FBI is appealing to the public for help in bringing the assailants to justice. Will this approach work?

Trump supporters converged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to express their rage over Joe Biden's victory in the election, wreaking havoc in Congress. Rioters were pictured vandalising congressional offices, and an aide to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Washington's top Democrat, reported a laptop was stolen.

These intruders could be charged with an array of crimes, ranging from trespassing and other relatively minor ones to serious offences involving firearms and explosive devises. They could be sentenced to many years in prison.

In the wake of the assault, dozens of people have been arrested – many for curfew violations – but most of the culprits of the Capitol building break-in remain at large.

Which is why the FBI is now asking: do you recognise anyone in this picture?

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