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U.S. identifies Texas synagogue hostage as British citizen

The family of Malik Faisal Akram (44) apologizes to the victims for helping the police negotiate with Akram, who was suffering from “mental health problems.”

Authorities will escort the hostages from the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on January 15, 2022. (AP)

After U.S. President Joe Biden said the shooters had committed “terrorist acts” with weapons down the street, U.S. officials identified the hostages killed in the Texas synagogue as British citizens.

FBI agents have identified the man as Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was killed after successfully releasing four hostages from a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday night.

His brother Galver told Facebook that a suspect from the industrial city of Blackburn in northern England was suffering from a mental illness and his family spent the night at the Blackburn police station. .. “

“We couldn’t tell him or convince him to surrender,” Galver wrote on the Facebook page of the Blackburn Muslim community.

He said the FBI was planning to fly to the UK “late today” and as a result the family could say a little more.

“We do not tolerate his actions as a family and would like to sincerely apologize to all the victims involved in the unfortunate incident,” the brothers wrote.

“Terrorist acts”

The hostage in Colleyville, Texas was “a horrifying act,” said First Lady Jill Biden at a food bank visiting the city to honor the heritage of the murdered citizens, stuffing carrots and apples in Philadelphia. Biden was there, said.Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.

“I don’t allegedly have all the facts, nor the Attorney General, but the allegation was that he got a weapon on the street,” Biden said.

“He bought them on landing, but there didn’t seem to be any bombs we knew …. Apparently he spent his first night in a homeless shelter. I’m still all I don’t have the details, so I’ll explain in more detail than I’m reluctant, “said the president.

Saturday night, FBI hostage rescue team attacked congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, about 26 km northeast of Fort Worth, disrupting Sabbath services, and 10 hours with police by rabbi and three other hostaged gunners. The stand-off of is finished.

One hostage was released unharmed after 6 hours, and the remaining three were later safely released by the FBI team.

The SWAT team at the Colleyville Police Department responded to the synagogue after an emergency call began at around 10:41 am during the Sabbath service.

An FBI negotiator immediately contacted the man and said he wanted to talk to a woman in federal prison.

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Biden: The Texas synagogue hostage was a “terrorist act”

Siddiqui’s family blames “evil” behavior

I heard the man having a one-sided phone conversation during a live stream of Facebook’s service. Fort Worth Star Telegram reported that he heard the man yelling and talking about religion and his sister and repeatedly said he didn’t want to see anyone hurt.

The hostage criminal claims to be the brother of neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 1986 in U.S. prison for shooting soldiers and FBI agents, and released her. A US official told ABC News that he had requested it.

Siddiqui has been detained in a federal prison in the Fort Worth area. Marwa Elbially, a lawyer representing Siddiqui, told CNN in a statement that the man was not Siddiqui’s brother and Siddiqui’s family blamed his “evil” behavior.

The Texas hostage incident looked like an isolated incident, but synagogues in New York and elsewhere throughout the country increased security accordingly.

In his Facebook post, Akram’s brother, who also mentioned the death of a younger brother “just three months ago,” said the family’s priority was to return Akram’s body to England. several weeks. “

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Source: Reuters

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