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Sharp rise in US `patriot` extremist groups found

A US civil rights group warns that President Barack Obama`s tenure and the gun control debate after last year`s Connecticut school shooting have led to a surge in anti-government "patriot" groups.



Montgomery (Alabama): A US civil rights group warns that President Barack Obama`s tenure and the gun control debate after last year`s Connecticut school shooting have led to a surge in anti-government "patriot" groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday reported the rising numbers in its annual report on extremist groups.

The number of patriot groups, one category of extremist organisations tracked by the center, has risen dramatically over the past four years, from 149 groups in 2008 to 1,360 today.

Senior Fellow Mark Potok says the December school shooting and the gun control debate that followed created a "white-hot rage" among extremist groups.

PTI

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