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World "act of terrorism" in a synagogue in Texas: the hostage taker was British

20:35  16 january  2022
20:35  16 january  2022 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  © American authorities launched Sunday an investigation "of international scope" on the British dead the day before having held several people In hostages for ten hours in a synagogue of Texas, an "act of terrorism" denounced by Joe Biden .

The President of the United States seemed to confirm the information that the suspect had requested the release of Aafia Siddiqui , a Pakistani scientist sentenced in 2010 by a federal court of New York at 86 years in prison for attempted to shoot American soldiers while he was detained in Afghanistan.

"It was tied to someone" who "is in prison for ten years," he said, without more details. "It was an act of terrorism," he hammered, believing that the hostage taker had apparently procured his arms "on the street".

The FBI has announced that I have identified the ravier as a British national named Malik Faisal Akram and 44 years old. healthy hostages and SAFS "At this stage, there is no indication of the involvement of any other person," said the US federal police in a statement, indicating only that the investigators continued to "analyze the evidence to the synagogue "and that the investigations continued.

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The United Kingdom assured, by the voice of its ambassador in Washington Karen Pierce on Twitter, "bring all its support to the Texan and American laws".

The four hostages, including a respected local rabbi, Charlie Cytron-Walker, have all been liberated healthy and sour Saturday night, aroused relief in the United States, with new calls to fight anti-Semitism, but also in

Israel

, where the drama was followed closely.

The taking of hostages ended on a police intervention, a strong detonation and shots in the synagogue of the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, a city of about 23,000 inhabitants about 40 km from Dallas. And by the death of the suspect - without knowing at stadium if he committed suicide or if he was shot dead by the police.

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"We will investigate the hostage taker and contacts", during an international investigation, said on Saturday to Sunday Matt Desarno, Dallas FBI special agent.

According to several American media, this man was demanding the liberation of Aafia Siddiqui, currently held in a prison hospital in Fort Worth, near Dallas. Jihadist movements had in the past requested his release.

it was the first woman to be suspected by the United States with

al-Qaeda

, the Islamist network responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and against the Pentagon, which had earned him the nickname of "Lady al-Qaeda".

She "is absolutely not involved" in the taking of hostages, however, assured a statement to the CNN Chain his lawyer. She confirmed that man was not the brother of his client and that the latter condemned his actions.

"I'm going to die"

experts have pointed out that the word used by the man in Arabic was figurative and meant "sister" in the Islamic faith.

This claim has not yet been officially confirmed by the authorities, who have also not said whether the man had placed bombs in the synagogue.

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adding to the spectacular nature of the hostage plug, a retransmission of the religious office live on Facebook was in progress when the kidnapper burst, and continued for some time.

"There is something wrong with America," said this man, according to this retransmission followed by the AFP before his interruption.

"I'm going to die," he also said, asking several times to an unidentified interlocutor than "his sister" passed to him on the phone.

The DESARNO agent has not extended on the motivations of the suspect, explaining only that, according to the long traded negotiations with the police, he did not seem to whom specifically threaten the Jewish community.

President Biden nevertheless engaged in a statement to "cope with anti-Semitism and the rise of extremism in the country".

"This event is a brutal reminder that anti-Semitism is always perennial and we must continue to fight it all over the world," said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

16/01/2022 19:12:54 - Colleyville (United States) - © 2022 AFP

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