A CHILLING photograph of a suspect the FBI says planted pipe bombs in Washington D.C ahead of the Capitol Hill riots has been released.
Cops say the devices found outside the offices of the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee could have caused “great harm”.
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Law enforcement agencies received reports of two suspected pipe bombs with wires outside the buildings around 1 p.m. on Wednesday – as MAGA supporters were storming the Capitol.
Bomb technicians used water cannons to blast the devices and break them apart to render them harmless, ABC news reports.
A photo of the device found adjacent to the Republican National Committee headquarters on First Street, S.E shows it appears to be wired to a timer.
After the first bomb was found, cops searched the nearby Democratic National Committee headquarters building and found a second device under a bush.
A federal law enforcement source told ABC News that the suspected pipe bombs were active.
The FBI tweeted a photo of the suspect and posted a reward of up to $50,000 "for information leading to the location, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the placement of suspected pipe bombs in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021."
U.S. Capitol Police confirmed that the devices could have caused "great harm."
"The USCP Hazardous Materials Response Team determined that both devices were, in fact, hazardous and could cause great harm to public safety," police said in statement.
In the past few hours if was announced police officer Brian D. Sicknick diedafter being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher during the riot.
The FBI is also hunting on those involved in the mayhem, which left four of the mob dead, including 35-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit, who was shot in the chest.
On Thursday night tweeted photos of some of the pro-MAGA protesters, asking the public for help in identifying them.
Hundreds of Trump fanatics broke into the Capitol building and caused mayhem as lawmakers met to certify the results of November's election.
In the wake of the widespread condemnation Donald Trump reluctantly conceded defeat to Joe Biden in the Presidential election.
Trump said focus will turn to a "smooth, seamless and orderly transition" of power in a staggering u-turn following the deadly riot at the US Capitol.
In a video message posted online Thursday evening, the outgoing president described Wednesday's riots as a "heinous attack on the nation's capitol".
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