World British Police Arrest Two Teens Over Texas Synagogue Standoff

12:20  17 january  2022
12:20  17 january  2022 Source:   newsweek.com

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.

Police in northwestern England announced the arrest of “ two teenagers ” over a possible link to Saturday’s incident in Colleyville, Texas which saw a British man taking people hostage in a synagogue . During his 12-hour standoff with US law enforcement, Akram reportedly demanded that Siddiqui be released, a plea shared by many activists in Pakistan, who see the woman as a political prisoner and an innocent victim of the War on Terror. While the FBI originally said that the suspect appeared to be focused on “one issue” which was not “specifically related” to the Jewish community

Police in Manchester, England, announced the arrest on Sunday of two teenagers in connection to the hostage-taking incident in Colleyville, Texas . The arrest took place just hours after the confirmation of Malik Faisal Akram, a Lancashire resident, as the man who took four people hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Saturday. Greater Manchester Police officials tweeted notice of the arrest of two teenagers in South Manchester, U.K. Officials state the arrests are “part of the ongoing investigation into the attack that took place at a Synagogue in Texas on 15 January 2022.”

Two teenagers are in custody in the U.K. after an hours long standoff at a Texas synagogue ended with the death of a British national on Saturday.

Law enforcement vehicles sit in front of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on January 16, 2022 in Colleyville, Texas. © Brandon Bell/Getty Images Law enforcement vehicles sit in front of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on January 16, 2022 in Colleyville, Texas.

The FBI on Sunday identified the armed man who took a rabbi and three others hostage for about 11 hours at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville as 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram.

Akram, who was originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, England, was killed in a shooting shortly after the last hostages ran out of the synagogue at around 9 p.m. All four hostages were unharmed.

Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead

  Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead The man took over services at a Texas synagogue where he could be heard ranting on a livestream.One hostage held Saturday at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was released during the standoff; three others got out about 9 p.m. when an FBI SWAT team entered the building, authorities said. The hostage taker was killed and FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno said a team would investigate “the shooting incident.

The man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was identified by US authorities as a British citizen Sunday while UK police later arrested two teens over an attack that President Joe Biden called an “act of terror.” A Facebook livestream of the congregation’s Shabbat service appeared to capture audio of a man talking loudly, but did not show the scene inside the building. One hostage was freed early in the standoff . Hours later, after what police said were extensive negotiations, an elite SWAT team burst into the synagogue and the remaining three hostages were

Two youngsters in the UK had been reportedly arrested Sunday evening as a part of an investigation into the harrowing hostage-taking of a rabbi and three congregants at a Texas synagogue . The teens had been taken into custody by England’s Greater Manchester Police and had been being questioned by British nationwide Malik Faisal Akram, 44, held the victims captive whereas demanding the discharge of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist with suspected ties to al Qaeda at present locked up at a federal jail in Texas , authorities stated. The tense standoff lasted for about 10 hours, a part of

The FBI has declined to confirm who shot Akram, saying it was still under investigation.

There was "no indication" that other individuals were involved in the incident, the bureau added.

However, the investigation in England led to police arresting two teenagers in connection with the standoff.

Late Sunday, Greater Manchester Police announced that counter-terrorism officers had made the arrests, but did not say if the pair faced any charges.

"Two teenagers were detained in South Manchester this evening," the force said in a statement. "They remain in custody for questioning."

Meanwhile, CNN on Sunday broadcast a snippet of audio from a Facebook livestream of the synagogue's services where Akram can be heard speaking about dying.

Support flows to 'changed' Texas synagogue after standoff

  Support flows to 'changed' Texas synagogue after standoff DALLAS (AP) — The tight-knit congregation at a Texas synagogue where four people were held hostage by an armed captor during a 10-hour standoff over the weekend traces its roots back to a gathering organized over 20 years ago by a handful of families who were new to the area. “It was a Jewish holiday and we were just feeling kind of isolated and unsure who else was living here that was Jewish,” Anna Salton Eisen, a founder and former president of Congregation Beth Israel, said Sunday.

British police have arrested two teenagers in connection with an ongoing investigation into the Texas synagogue hostage situation. In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said Counter Terror Police (CTP) detained the two teenagers in the south section of the city Sunday evening, adding they remain in custody as they await questioning. “CTP North West and CTP International operations continues to assist the investigation being led by the US authorities, and police forces in the region are liaising with local communities to put in place any measures to provide further reassurance

Police sources say that no explosive material was found on the attacker's body. A brother of Malik Faisal Akram issued a statement apologising to the victims and saying he had been suffering from "mental health issues". Negotiators had spent hours talking to the assailant during the standoff . Among the hostages was the synagogue 's rabbi. One was released after six hours with the other three being led to safety by police several hours later. The incident began at around 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT) when police were called to the synagogue . People were evacuated from the area shortly after.

"I've got these four guys with me, yeah? So I don't want to hurt them, yeah? OK, are you listening? I don't want you to cry," he is heard saying on the livestream.

"Listen! I'm going to release these four guys once [inaudible] but then I'm going to go in the yard, yeah? [inaudible] and they're going to take me, alright? I'm going to die at the end of this, alright? Are you listening? I am going to die! OK? So don't cry over me. OK? Don't cry."

Akram was also heard demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al-Qaida who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan. She was sentenced to 86 years in prison.

Several people said they heard Akram refer to Siddiqui as his "sister" on the livestream.

But Siddiqui's actual brother, Mohammad Siddiqui, was not involved, said John Floyd, board chair for the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Mohammad Siddiqui's legal counsel.

Timeline sheds light on what synagogue standoff suspect did in US

  Timeline sheds light on what synagogue standoff suspect did in US A family friend claims Malik Faisal Akram had a history of mental health issues. The suspect, Malik Faisal Akram, 44, reportedly took a flight from London to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Dec. 29 and listed a hotel in Queens, New York, as his local address on a customs form, the sources said.

British counter-terrorism police arrests 2 people over Texas synagogue attack. Though one male hostage had been released unharmed earlier on Saturday, the three remaining hostages were not able to leave until an FBI rescue team, which had flown in from Quantico, Virginia stormed the building following a 12-hour standoff with the suspect.

The US president said the 10-hour hostage standoff in a Texas synagogue , which ended with an FBI Swat team rushing into the building and the captor's death, was 'an act of terror'. Authorities identified the hostage-taker as a 44-year-old British national, Malik Faisal Akram, who was killed on Saturday night after the last hostages ran out of Congregation Beth Israel at about 9pm. Late on Sunday, police in Manchester in the UK announced that two teenagers were in custody in connection with the standoff .

It was not clear why Akram targeted the synagogue in Colleyville, although Aafia Siddiqui is serving her sentence in a prison in Fort Worth.

On Saturday night, FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno had said the hostage-taker had been specifically focused on an issue that was not directly connected to the Jewish community.

But a day later, the FBI released a statement calling the incident "a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted." The bureau said it is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

"This was an act of terror," President Joe Biden told reporters in Philadelphia on Sunday, adding that Akram allegedly purchased a weapon on the streets after arriving in the country.

He arrived in the U.S. on a tourist visa about two weeks ago, The Associated Press reported.

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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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