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FBI Seeks 'Peaceful' End to Armed Standoff at Oregon Federal Building

FBI Seeks 'Peaceful' End to Armed Standoff at Oregon Federal Building

by Alexander Smith, Joe Fryer and Shamar Walters for NBC News

The FBI was leading efforts Monday to bring a "peaceful" end to a standoff with armed protesters who occupied a federal building in rural Oregon.

The group seized the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters Saturday after splintering off from a larger protest about ranchers' rights in the small town of Burns.

No government employees were at the site at the time because of the holidays. It was not clear how many people had occupied the building but those inside have asked for others to join them during several videos posted online.

Ammon and Ryan Bundy — sons of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher known for another standoff with the federal government last year — were among the occupiers.

The FBI said in a statement Sunday that it was working with local and state police "to bring a peaceful resolution to the situation."

The agency said it would not be providing details of its response because of "safety considerations for both those inside the refuge as well as the law enforcement officers involved."

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