Washington – Biden said that the motives of the attacker, who was holding hostages in the synagogue in the city of Colville, are still being investigated. An armed man held four people hostage in a synagogue, seeking the release of Afia Sidiki, a Pakistani scientist who is serving a long prison sentence in the United States.
The American president added that he was informed about the situation by the state prosecutor Merrick Garland, as well as that he talked to the rabbi who was among the hostages.
?? – BREAKING: Speaking to reporters right now in Philadelphia, President Joe Biden says the hostage situation at the Colleyville Synagogue in Texas last night was “an act of terror.”
– Belaaz News (@TheBelaaz) January 16, 2022
The attacker held four people hostage, demanding the release of Afia Sidiki, a Pakistani scientist who is serving a long prison sentence in the United States due to several convictions, including the attempted murder of an American officer in Afghanistan.
Sidiki was also accused in the United States of collaborating with ISIS, and she was the only woman on the list of the most wanted terrorists published by the FBI, according to American media.