Texas Synagogue Hostage Taker Identified, Biden Talks Terrorism

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(Reuters) – The perpetrator of a Texas synagogue hostage-taking on Saturday has been identified as a British national named Malik Faisal Akram, the FBI said on Sunday, with President Joe Biden speaking on his side. an “act of terrorism”.

The suspect was shot Saturday night during the FBI raid and the four people held hostage at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville were released unharmed.

This hostage-taking “was an act of terrorism”, although the motive of the author has not yet been fully established, said Joe Biden during a trip to Philadelphia.

Stating that according to the first elements of the investigation, the suspect had obtained his weapons “in the street”, the American president launched a new call for tighter control of the sale and circulation of firearms in the United States .

(Barbara Goldberg New York; French version Tangi Salan)

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