Jan 16, 2022
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Biden calls Texas synagogue hostage taking an ‘act of terrorism’

The Texas synagogue hostage incident is an “act of terrorism.” This statement was made by US President Joe Biden, reports the press service of the White House.

“It was an act of terrorism,” the head of state said.

According to the president, the American authorities do not yet know all the details of what happened, including where exactly the hostage-taker acquired the weapon, “presumably bought it on the street.”

Biden also added that he had spoken to Attorney General Merrick Garland on the matter and was working with him to prevent such situations from happening.

The day before, an armed man took four people hostage in a Colleyville synagogue, demanding that the authorities release his sister, convicted of terrorism, from prison. The American media clarified that it was about Aafia Siddiqi, who was sentenced by the court to 86 years in prison for attacking US investigators in Afghanistan. Later, Siddiqi’s lawyer said that the attacking man was not related to her client.

The police managed to free the hostages, none of them were injured, the attacker was killed.

Joe Biden condemned such manifestations of anti-Semitism, pointing to the growth of extremism in the country.

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