Texas synagogue hostage taker a British citizen: FBI

16/1/2022 9:58:00 PM

Texas synagogue hostage taker a British citizen: FBI

https://str.sg/wQdXTEXAS (REUTERS) - The FBI identified a hostage taker killed at a Texas synagogue as a British citizen, after US President Joe Biden earlier on Sunday (Jan 16) said the gunman had used weapons he got off the street to commit"an act of terror." The FBI identified the man as Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was killed after the safe release of his four hostages on Saturday night.

The incident in Colleyville, Texas,"was an act of terror," said Biden, who was in Philadelphia with first lady Jill Biden packing carrots and apples at a food bank in a visit to the city to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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FBI deployed to hostage situation at synagogue in Texas

Texas police in synagogue hostage stand-offCOLLEYVILLE, Texas: Hostage negotiators were locked in a tense stand-off on Saturday (Jan 15) at a Texas synagogue where a man apparently demanding the release of a convicted terrorist had reportedly taken a rabbi and several others captive, police and media said. US President Joe Biden has been briefed \u0022o LOL US many problems everyday

FBI deployed to hostage situation at synagogue in Texas

Texas police in synagogue hostage stand-offCOLLEYVILLE, Texas: Hostage negotiators were locked in a tense stand-off on Saturday (Jan 15) at a Texas synagogue where a man apparently demanding the release of a convicted terrorist had reportedly taken a rabbi and several others captive, police and media said. US President Joe Biden has been briefed \u0022o LOL US many problems everyday

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sg/wQdX TEXAS (REUTERS) - The FBI identified a hostage taker killed at a Texas synagogue as a British citizen, after US President Joe Biden earlier on Sunday (Jan 16) said the gunman had used weapons he got off the street to commit"an act of terror." The FBI identified the man as Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was killed after the safe release of his four hostages on Saturday night. "We believe the condition of the hostages is fine," Harold Gernsbacher, chairman of the Secure Community Network, an organisation responsible for the safety of Jewish organisations across the US, said in an interview at the scene Saturday. The incident in Colleyville, Texas,"was an act of terror," said Biden, who was in Philadelphia with first lady Jill Biden packing carrots and apples at a food bank in a visit to the city to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The network reported that the hostage-taker was armed and had claimed to have bombs in unknown locations. "Allegedly - I don't have all the facts, nor does the attorney general - but allegedly the assertion was he got the weapons on the street," Biden said. FBI negotiators are on the scene, and SWAT trucks have arrived in the area. "He purchased them when he landed and it turns out there apparently were no bombs that we know of. Police at the scene have not provided any update.

. It's one of the first such publicized incidents at a US synagogue since the pandemic began in 2020. The high-profile case sparked outrage in Pakistan... Attacks on US institutions by Islamic extremists have been on the decline in recent years. Apparently he spent the first night in a homeless shelter. A live stream of the congregation's Shabbat morning service on Facebook appeared to capture audio of a man talking loudly - although it did not show the scene inside the building. I don't have all the details yet so I'm reluctant to go into much more detail," the president said. US President Joe Biden has been briefed and his senior team is monitoring the situation, press secretary Jen Psaki said in a tweet. US President Joe Biden has been briefed and his senior team is monitoring the situation, press secretary Jen Psaki said in a tweet.

An FBI Hostage Rescue Team on Saturday night stormed Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, about 16 miles (26 km) northeast of Fort Worth, ending a 10-hour standoff with police by the gunman, who disrupted a Sabbath service and took 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." The stream began at 10am (12am, Singapore time) and stopped broadcasting just before 2pm. Reporters at the scene late Saturday said they heard the sound of explosions, possibly flashbangs, and the sound of gunfire at the Reform Jewish synagogue in Colleyville. SWAT teams from the Colleyville Police Department responded to the synagogue after emergency calls began at about 10:41 a.m. In an update two hours later, the department said the situation"remains ongoing".

during the Sabbath service, which was being broadcast online. FBI negotiators soon opened contact with the man, who said he wanted to speak to a woman held in a federal prison. The man was heard having a one-sided phone conversation during a Facebook livestream of the service. PRAYERS At 2. The man could be heard ranting and talking about religion and his sister, repeatedly saying he did not want to see anyone hurt, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The hostage-taker claimed to be the brother of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year US prison sentence on her 2010 conviction for shooting at soldiers and FBI agents, and demanded that she be freed, a US official told ABC News.

Siddiqui is being held at a federal prison in the Fort Worth area. FBI agents were also on the scene, according to video footage carried by CNN. A lawyer representing Siddiqui, Marwa Elbially, told CNN in a statement that the man was not Siddiqui's brother and Siddiqui's family condemned his"heinous" actions. Although the Texas hostage situation appeared to be an isolated incident, synagogues in New York and elsewhere around the country ramped up security in response. Remote video URL . The Dallas Morning News said it was unclear how many people were inside the building when the crisis began, citing Colleyville police sergeant Dara Nelson.