One Hostage Released in Chaotic Texas Synagogue Standoff

UPDATE: Police say one hostage has been released after the hours-long ordeal, and he did not require medical attention.

Judaism, Religion

1/16/2022 4:03:00 AM

UPDATE: Police say one hostage has been released after the hours-long ordeal, and he did not require medical attention.

Police say one man was released from the synagogue uninjured after an hours-long ordeal, while at least three others remain with the ranting hostage-taker.

Police did not immediately identify the released hostage, but said he “does not require medical attention.” At least three others remained with the hostage-taker—who burst into the synagogue outside Dallas early Saturday, ranting about Islam and calling for Aafia Siddiqui’s release—all while being recorded on a Facebook livestream.

Marwa Elbially, an attorney for Siddiqui, told The Daily Beast the 49-year-old inmate had one message for the hostage taker: “She would tell this individual to immediately release the hostages. She does not condone or accept anything that would lead to harm of any other human being.”

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