Texas synagogue hostage-taker killed; Biden terms incident ‘act of terror’

Prime News, International (Texas), Jan 17:- A 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram, who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue, that was called an “act of terror” by US President Joe Biden, was killed on Sunday after a tense standoff. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified Akram, who was demanding the release of the Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.

“Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSamo of the FBI Dallas Field Office confirmed today the identity of the Colleyville, Texas hostage-taker as British Citizen, Malik Faisal Akram, 44,” said the FBI release.

At least four people were taken hostages by a man at a synagogue in the town of Colleyville for more than ten hours on Saturday.

As per the release, the FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) will continue processing evidence at the synagogue.

An FBI Shooting Incident Review Team (SIRT) will conduct a thorough, factual, and objective, investigation of the events.

Further, the police in England said they have arrested two teenagers in their investigation. The Greater Manchester Police did not name the suspects or whether they faced any charges. They described them as teenagers who were in custody for questioning.

Meanwhile, Biden termed the synagogue hostage-taking incident in the Texan city of Colleyville as an “act of terror.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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