FBI calls Texas synagogue hostage crisis a ‘hate crime’

The FBI has declared last week’s hostage crisis at a Texas synagogue a “hate crime” and “an act of terrorism” despite initially believing the attacker didn’t specifically target the Jewish community.

The FBI’s Dallas Field Office on Friday provided an update on the attack at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville.

British national Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at the synagogue Jan. 15 before being shot to death by authorities. All four members of the synagogue escaped safely.

“The FBI is, and has been, treating Saturday’s events as an act of terrorism targeting the Jewish community,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said Friday. “Brought about by a terrorist, espousing an anti-Semitic worldview. It was an intentional, targeted, selected location: Congregation Beth Israel.”

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