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President Biden labels Texas synagogue hostage-taking an ‘act of terror’

On Sunday, President Biden called the hostage situation at a Texas synagogue on Saturday an “act of terror.”

“This was an act of terror,” Biden told reporters. “This was an act of terror [that] was not only related to someone who had been arrested I might add 15 years ago and had been in jail for 10 years.” 

The hostages at the synagogue were released on Saturday evening, with no reported injuries. The gunman, who was identified on Sunday as British national Malik Faisal Akram, was killed on Saturday, though the cause of death has not been disclosed.

Biden commended the law enforcement members who responded to the scene for doing “one hell of a job.”

Biden has stated that there were no bombs at the scene.  When pressed about the case, Biden said “I just don’t have enough facts.”  Biden plans to hold a press conference when he as more information.

Akram, 44, had demanded the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently imprisoned in Texas for attempting to murder a U.S. soldier. Siddiqui has long been accused of helping militant Islamist groups, with terrorist organizations such as ISIS and the Taliban demanding her release.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE 

PHOTO CREDITS: HAARETZ.COM

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