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(Reuters) – The FBI identified a hostage-taker killed in a Texas synagogue as a British citizen after President Joe Biden earlier Sunday said the gunman used guns he had snatched from the street to “commit an act of terrorism.” ” to commit.

The FBI identified the man as Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was killed after the safe release of his four hostages Saturday night.

The Colleyville, Texas incident “was an act of terrorism,” said Biden, who, during a visit to the city with First Lady Jill Biden in Philadelphia, wrapped carrots and apples in a plaque to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr .

“Supposedly — I don’t have all the facts, and neither does the attorney general — but allegedly the allegation was that he got the guns on the street,” Biden said.

“He bought them when he landed and it turns out there didn’t seem to be any bombs that we know of. … Apparently he spent the first night in a homeless shelter. I don’t have all the details yet, so I hesitate to go into much more detail,” the President said.

An FBI hostage rescue team stormed the Beth Israel community in Colleyville, about 16 miles northeast of Fort Worth, on Saturday night, ending a 10-hour standoff with police by the shooter disrupting a Sabbath service and taking the rabbi and three other people hostage .

One hostage was released unharmed after being held for six hours, and the remaining three were later safely freed by the FBI team.

Reporters at the scene late Saturday said they heard the sound of explosions, possibly flashbangs, and the sound of gunfire at Colleyville’s Reformed Jewish Synagogue.

Colleyville Police Department SWAT teams moved into the synagogue after 911 calls began around 10:41 a.m. during the Sabbath service, which was streamed online. FBI negotiators soon contacted the man, who said he wanted to speak to a woman being held in federal prison.

The man was heard having a one-way phone conversation during a Facebook (NASDAQ:) live stream of the service. The man was heard ranting and talking about religion and his sister, and repeatedly saying he didn’t want to see anyone hurt, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The kidnapper claimed to be the brother of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year US prison sentence for her 2010 conviction of shooting at soldiers and FBI agents, and is calling for her release, a US official told ABC News .

Siddiqui is being held in a federal prison in the Fort Worth area. An attorney representing Siddiqui, Marwa Elbially, told CNN in a statement that the man was not Siddiqui’s brother and that Siddiqui’s family condemned his “heinous” actions.

Though the Texas hostage situation appeared to be an isolated case, synagogues in New York and elsewhere across the country were beefing up security in response.

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