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US Hostage Taking in a TEXAS synagogue: What we know about this "act of terrorism"

08:19  17 january  2022
08:19  17 january  2022 Source:   leparisien.fr

Texas Synagogue Hostages Taken by Gunman During Livestream Service

  Texas Synagogue Hostages Taken by Gunman During Livestream Service The man allegedly went on several profanity-laced rants while holding the victims hostage.The hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville began during the synagogue's live-streamed Shabbat service, according to Reuters. No injuries have been reported inside the building.

Les quatre personnes retenues en otage dans la synagogue de la congrégation Beth Israel ont toutes été relâchées. Brandon Bell/Getty Images/AFP © Valery Ax The four selected hostage in the synagogue of the Congregation Beth Israel have all been released. Brandon Bell / Getty Images / AFP If a tragedy has been avoided by American law enforcement, the subject is taken very seriously. In the aftermath of the hostage taking in a Colleyville synagogue (about 23,000 inhabitants, about 40 km from Dallas), in Texas, the US authorities launched an "international" survey on the lessee. What happened ? Four hostages were selected for ten hours by a man before being liberated safe and sound on the night from Saturday to Sunday. "The hostage liberation team stormed the synagogue" Saturday night and "the suspect is dead," said Local Police Chief Michael Miller during a press conference. The voice of a man, at times agitated, could be heard on the retransmission of the religious office live on Facebook, before his interruption. "There is something wrong with America," had launched this man. "I'm going to die," he also said, asked several times to an unidentified interlocutor than "his sister" passed to him on the phone. According to journalists present on the spot, a strong explosion and shots have sounded in the synagogue just before the announcement of the end of the hostage taking by the governor of Texas. A few hours earlier, while bitter negotiations took place between the police and the abductor, a first hostage had been released unscathed. A special FBI agent, the US federal police in Dallas, Matt Desarno, said the hostages - including a local rabbi, Charlie Cytron-Walker - did not need medical care and would soon be gathered with their families. "He did not hurt them," he assured. This event has deeply affected the Jewish community in the United States and also provoked the concern of the Israeli government. What do we know about the lessee? The deceased man, 44, was a British national named Malik Faisal Akram, announced the FBI. "At this point, there is no indication of the involvement of any other person," said US federal police in a statement, only stating that investigators continued to "analyze evidence at the synagogue" and that the investigations continued. According to Joe Biden, the hostage taker had apparently procured his arms "on the street". The man, who asked for the release of a Pakistannamed "Lady al-Qaeda" and condemned for terrorism, died during the assault given by the police. Aafia Siddiqui is currently owned in a prison hospital in Fort Worth, near Dallas. Jihadist movements had in the past claimed his release. This Pakistani scientist was sentenced in 2010 by a Federal Court of New York at 86 years in prison for attempting to shoot American soldiers while he was detained in Afghanistan. What political reactions? Saturday's hostage was "an act of terrorism," said Joe Biden Sunday. On a displacement in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania, the US president confirmed that this gesture "was bound to someone" who "is in prison for ten years", without more details. For its part, the book of British diplomacy, Liz Truss, condemned Sunday a "act of terrorism and anti-Semitic". "My thoughts go to the Jewish community and all those who are affected by this appalling act in Texas. We condemn this act of terrorism and anti-Semite, "said Foreign Minister on Twitter adding:" We are alongside the United States to defend the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hatred ". Scotland Yard confirmed that British anti-terrorist police officers "were in contact with US authorities and FBI colleagues" concerning the incident. "This event is a brutal reminder that anti-Semitism is always perennial and that we must continue to fight it around the world," said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. "No one should be afraid to gather in his place of prayers," said the Relations Council with the Jewish community, an organization based in San Francisco.

Feds declare hostage standoff at Texas synagogue an act of terrorism, hate crime .
Federal officials on Friday declared the hostage standoff at a Texas synagogue an act of antisemitic terrorism. “Let me be clear,” Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Jill Sanborn said, “the FBI is and has been treating Saturday’s events as an act of terrorism targeting the Jewish community.” She made the remark during a White House call that sought to reassure unnerved Jewish Americans that law enforcement is dedicated to rooting out terroristic violence.

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