The feds on Sunday identified the gunman who was shot dead after taking four hostages at a Texas synagogue as 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram, a British national.
Hours before the announcement, a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said they were “aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities.”
The hostage-taker was heard on a livestream ranting in front of four hostages and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist convicted and imprisoned for trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan.
On Sunday, President Joe Biden called the incident “an act of terror.”
The four hostages were ultimately released after an 11-hour standoff, which ended when an FBI SWAT team entered the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville and apparently killed the gunman.