Suspect Accused of Keeping People Hostage in Jewish Place of Worship Identified as British Citizen

On the 16th of January in Collyville (USA) (AP) After a three-hour confrontation, four persons who were taken hostage at a Jewish center of worship in Texas were released Saturday night.
Suspect Accused of Keeping People Hostage in Jewish Place of Worship Identified as British Citizen

Suspect Accused of keeping people hostage in Jewish Place

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On the 16th of January in Collyville (USA) (AP) After a three-hour confrontation, four persons who were taken hostage at a Jewish center of worship in Texas were released Saturday night. The suspect murdered by security personnel during this time has been identified as Malik Faisal Akram (44), a British national.

The incident has been labeled a "terrorist act" by US President Joe Biden

According to the FBI, there is no evidence that anyone else was engaged in the incident. However, there was no mention of possible intent in the statement. Akram was overheard seeking the release of Afiya Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist.

FBI and police spokesman refused to reveal who fired the shot that killed Akram

During the incident's live streaming (broadcast live on a social media site), the suspect was heard demanding the release of Siddiqui, who was convicted for the attempted murder of US military officers in Afghanistan.

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Footage on video People sprinting out of a door of a place of worship just seconds after a gunman opened and closed the door. After some time, the sound of the fire was heard, followed by the sound of an explosion.

Three more captives emerged about 9 p.m

According to officials, a man taken hostage at the Congregational Beth Israel building in Colleyville was released earlier on Saturday, and three more captives emerged about 9 p.m. after bursting into the FBI's SWAT team building.

No clear indication that the person was involved in a bigger scheme

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI According to Matt DeSarno, the hostage-taker was focused on a subject unrelated to the Jewish community, and there was no clear indication that the person was involved in a bigger scheme. Desarno, on the other hand, stated that the investigation agency would "examine every element." However, it is unclear why Akram chose to pray in a Jewish temple.

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Hostage man sought the release of Pakistani neuroscientist

On the condition of anonymity, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the hostage man sought the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Afiya Siddiqui. Siddiqui, who is being held in a federal jail in Texas, is accused of having al-Qaeda ties.

Officials claimed the suspect also expressed an interest in speaking with Siddiqui

Meanwhile, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom said it was "informed of a British national's death in Texas and is in communication with local authorities."

Gulbar, Akram's brother, confirmed his brother's death in a statement

According to an official, a rabbi (Jewish religious leader) in New York City received a phone call from a possible captive rabbi, following which the rabbi of New York City reported the matter to the police. Police arrived at the place of worship around 11 a.m., according to FBI Dallas spokeswoman Katie Chaumont, and people were evacuated from the surrounding area shortly after.

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The furious man could be heard shouting and talking about religion

Congregation Beth Israel's Saturday prayer service was live-streamed on the congregation's Facebook (now Meta) page. According to the 'Fort Worth Star-Telegram,' a furious man could be heard shouting and talking about religion during the live streaming. Around 2 p.m., the live streaming ceased. Later, a Meta Company official verified that the video had been taken down from Facebook.

During the broadcast, many people heard the hostage-taker refer to Siddiqui as his "sister," however Faizan Syed, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, told The Associated Press that Siddiqui's brother, Mohammad Siddiqui, was not involved.

"The attacker had nothing to do with Dr. Afiya Siddiqui"

"The attacker had nothing to do with Dr. Afiya Siddiqui, her family, or the global campaign demanding justice for Dr. Afia," stated John Floyd, chairman of the board of the Houston chapter of CAIR and legal adviser to Mohammad Siddiqui.

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Governor Greg Abbott sent out the following tweet: "Prayers have been heard. All of the hostages are safe and sound." Gunshots at the prayer spot preceded Abbott's post. Biden has been notified and is receiving up-to-the-minute information from senior authorities, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who tweeted Saturday evening.

Prayer center is set in a lovely green region surrounded by large residential residences

Naftali Bennett, Israel's prime minister, said he was keeping a careful eye on the situation. He remarked on Twitter, "We pray for the safety of the hostages and rescuers." Collieville, Texas, has a population of about 26,000 people and is located about 23 kilometers northeast of Fort Worth. The prayer center is set in a lovely green region surrounded by large residential residences, churches, a secondary and primary school, and farmland.

He was accused of assault and shooting at US military troops

In 2010, Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist with degrees from Brandeis University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received an 86-year sentence. After being detained in Afghanistan two years ago, he was accused of assault and shooting at US military troops.

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