An hour-long hostage at a Texas synagogue ended Saturday night with the death of a hostage who called for the safe and secure release of all captives and the release of a Pakistani woman convicted of a terrorist crime. Identified as a British citizen, President Joe Biden called it an “act of terrorism.”
After about ten hours of talks that allowed the hostage to be released, “a rescue team entered the synagogue” and released the three other captives, small town police chief Michael Miller explained at a news conference. Coleville, published by AFP news agency.
“The suspect is dead,” Miller added.
FBI Dallas Special Agent Matt DeSarno added that four hostages, including Congregation Beth Israel Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, did not require medical attention.
Later, the The attacker was identified as 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram.S, a British citizen, according to the FBI, whose spokesman assured that “at this time there are no indications that any other persons are involved.”
Shortly before 9:30 pm local time (00:30 in Argentina), Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Twitter that “all hostages are alive and well.”
The prayers were answered.
The hostages are all safe alive.
– Greg Abbott (regGregAbbott_TX) January 16, 2022
The Abduction in Congregation Beth Israel, in Coleville, 25 miles west of Dallas, This was anxiously followed by the Jewish community in the United States and the Israeli government.
A White House spokesman said Biden had been notified of the situation throughout Saturday.
Later, according to the Sputnik agency, the president confined himself to confirming that this was an “act of terrorism.”
The warning was issued on Saturday morning and news spread quickly that it was a kidnapping.
ABC News reports that the kidnapper was armed and had bombs in several places.
Citing a senior official, ABC reported that the man was demanding the release of Afia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist known by US newspapers as “Lady Koita” and a terrorist.
Siddiqui is currently being held at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Fort Worth, Texas, after being sentenced to 86 years in prison in 2010 for plotting to assassinate U.S. officials in Afghanistan in New York.
Some media reported that Akram was the brother of a so-called Lady Qaeda, but Siddiqui’s own lawyer, Marwa Elpiali, in a statement to CNN denied the relationship and condemned the hostages.
Meanwhile, from London, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss described the event as an “act of terrorism and anti-Semitism.”
“My thoughts are with the Jewish community and all those affected by this heinous act in Texas. We condemn this terrorist and anti-Semitic act,” the British diplomat said on his Twitter account.
He added: “We stand with the United States in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hatred.”
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