Hostage incident at Texas synagogue a terrorist act and hate crime: FBI

1/22/2022 5:58:00 AM

The FBI says that it's treating the recent hostage situation at a Texas synagogue as a terrorist act and hate crime.

The 11-hour standoff ended when an elite FBI team stormed the building.Brandon Bell/Getty Imageshostage situation at a Texas synagogueas a terrorist act and hate crime.An international federal investigation is ongoing after a rabbi and three members of his Dallas-Fort Worth-area congregation were taken hostage Saturday by an allegedly armed man who authorities said was demanding the release of a convicted terrorist.

The incident"underscores the continued threat violent extremists pose to religious institutions, particularly Jewish institutions and other Jewish targets," Matthew DeSarno, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Dallas field office, said during a press briefing.

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Colleyville synagogue hostage crisis was a hate crime and act of terrorism, FBI saysThe FBI was more emphatic on Friday that last weekend’s act of terrorism at a Colleyville synagogue was also a hate crime. They said no other people have been arrested locally, though they think they know everyone he’d been around. However, they still don’t know how Akram got the gun he used to take the synagogue members hostage. Should never have happened. He should not have been in the US!! He was investigated in the UK for his extremism and was still allowed here?!? Let’s go Brandon.

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U.K. police arrest two men over Texas synagogue hostage-takingTwo men have been arrested by counter-terrorism police in the U.K. as part of an ongoing investigation after a British man took four people hostage at at a synagogue in Texas.

Biden calls Texas synagogue attack an ‘act of terror’ The 11-hour standoff ended when an elite FBI team stormed the building. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hostage situation at a Texas synagogue as a terrorist act and hate crime. An international federal investigation is ongoing after a rabbi and three members of his Dallas-Fort Worth-area congregation were taken hostage Saturday by an allegedly armed man who authorities said was demanding the release of a convicted terrorist. The incident"underscores the continued threat violent extremists pose to religious institutions, particularly Jewish institutions and other Jewish targets," Matthew DeSarno, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Dallas field office, said during a press briefing. "The FBI is and has been treating Saturday's events as an act of terrorism targeting the Jewish community," DeSarno continued."It was committed by a terrorist exposing an antisemitic worldview." Brandon Wade/AP Law enforcement process the scene in front of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue, on Jan. 16, 2022, in Colleyville, Texas. The suspect"repeatedly demanded the United States release a convicted al-Qaida terrorist in exchange for the safe return of the hostages," which met the definition of terrorism under federal law, said DeSarno, adding that forcibly holding hostage the victims as they exercised their right to worship was a federal hate crime. "We recognize that the Jewish community in particular has suffered violence and faces very real threats from across the hate spectrum, from domestic violent extremists to foreign terrorist organizations. And because of that, the FBI considers the enduring threats to the community to be among our very highest priorities," DeSarno said. MORE: American Jewish groups, leaders send support to a Texas synagogue after hostage situation--and look to what comes next The suspect, who died in the incident when an FBI hostage rescue team breached the synagogue, was identified by authorities as Malik Faisal Akram, 44, a British citizen. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker was leading Shabbat services at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville on Saturday morning when, according to law enforcement officials, Akram interrupted the service and allegedly claimed he'd planted bombs in the synagogue. Brandon Bell/Getty Images FBI Special Agent In Charge Matthew DeSarno speaks at a news conference near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 15, 2022, in Colleyville, Texas. Authorities believe the location was intentionally targeted because it was the closest synagogue to Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth, where the convicted terrorist is being held. DeSarno did not identify the prisoner by name, though multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News the armed suspect was demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of assault and attempted murder of a U.S. soldier in 2010 and sentenced to 86 years in prison. DeSarno said the suspect was aware that foreign terrorist organizations previously had tried to negotiate the release of the prisoner by exchanging American hostages. DeSarno said he doesn't know of any personal connection between the suspect and the convicted terrorist. Brandon Bell/Getty Images The Congregation Beth Israel synagogue is seen on Jan. 16, 2022 in Colleyville, Texas. All four people who were held hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue have been safely released after more than 10 hours of being held captive by a gunman. In the days since the incident, law enforcement officials have received a"high volume of leads" and have interviewed all those they believe Akram had interacted with since arriving in the U.S. on Dec. 29, according to DeSarno, who did not elaborate if any were considered accomplices. Authorities have not detained anyone locally in connection with the incident. Investigators have been digging into the suspect's social media and personal devices to try and find out more about his travel and associates, as well as determine how he allegedly acquired a firearm, DeSarno said. No explosives were recovered at the scene. The FBI is also working with international partners, including the U.K., as part of the investigation. Two men