National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday said it is “too soon to tell” if the Texas synagogue hostage situation was part of a broader extremist threat.
“It’s too soon to tell at this point what the full parameters of this act of terrorism, this act of anti-Semitism were,” Sullivan told moderator Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
He added that various law enforcement and intelligence agencies were looking into “what this person’s motives were and whether or not there are any further connections.”
Four hostages were released after an hours-long standoff at a Texas synagogue on Saturday. The FBI identified the hostage-taker on Sunday as a British national named Malik Faisal Akram, 44. He was pronounced dead on Saturday.
Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, said in a statement on Sunday that Akram appears to be the only individual involved in the incident.