US President Joe Biden calls the hostage stand-off at a Texas synagogue an “act of terror,” appearing to confirm that the attacker, who later died, had sought the release of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui.
“This was an act of terror” that was related to “someone who was arrested 15 years ago and has been in jail for 10 years,” Biden says in comments to reporters during a visit to a hunger relief organization in Philadelphia.
“I don’t think there is sufficient information to know about why he targeted that synagogue, why he insisted on the release of someone who’s been in prison for over 10 years, why he was using antisemitic and anti-Israeli comments. We just don’t have enough facts,” he adds.
President Biden briefly spoke about the Texas synagogue hostage situation while volunteering at Philabundance, a hunger relief organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pic.twitter.com/Jsnhhh1JMJ
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