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Biden calls Texas synagogue hostage-taking an ‘act of terror’

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pack food boxes while volunteering in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, at Philabundance, a hunger relief organization, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 16, 2022. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pack food boxes while volunteering in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, at Philabundance, a hunger relief organization, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 16, 2022. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)

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.

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