Capitol riots: Questions mount over security failure

By Kelly-Leigh Cooper
BBC News

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image copyrightEPAimage captionAt least five deaths have been linked to the violence, which saw dozens of police injured

With the country still reeling from Wednesday's violence in Washington, serious questions are being asked about how such a massive security breach was able to happen at the heart of US government.

Crowds of pro-Trump supporters were able to force their way inside one of the country's most historically and politically significant buildings while elected lawmakers were inside moving to certify Joe Biden's election victory.

The world watched as a mob of rioters seemed to roam free around inside – looting and vandalising symbols of US democracy as they went.

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President-Elect Joe Biden has been scathing of the "unacceptable" handling of the rioters and compared it to the heavy-handed militarised response to last year's Black Lives Matter protests.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican Senator, also railed against the security failures. "They could have blown the building up. They could have killed us all. They could've destroyed the government," he said.

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