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09 January, 2016

Number of extreme anti-government militias sharply rising in US

There were 272 anti-government militias in the U.S. in 2015, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The number of extremist anti-government militias in the United States witnessed a one-third increase in 2015, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report Thursday.

There were at least 276 militia groups active in the U.S. last year, compared to 202 such groups in 2014, according to the report. The rise in groups marks a 37 percent increase.

The report comes as an armed anti-government militia continues to occupy a government building in rural Oregon, in what they say is a protest against the federal government's wildlife policies.

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