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Texas synagogue standoff: Police label hostage situation a “hate crime,” “terrorism” | FULL

CA, 22 Jan 2022
Giving an update on Friday regarding the Jan. 15 incident where an armed man took four people hostage during a 10-hour standoff at a synagogue in Texas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office Matthew DeSarno called the incident a “hate crime” fuelled by anti-Semitism and an act of “terrorism.”

Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, was identified as the hostage-taker and died in the standoff. All four hostages were unharmed.

The FBI on Sunday night issued a statement calling the ordeal “a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted” and said the Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating.

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