10:29 AM PT — 01/16 — The FBI says their man is definitely 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram, who died through the standoff. All 4 hostages made it out safely.
A gunman has reportedly taken a number of folks hostage at a synagogue in Texas, and his calls for are easy … free his sister, who was as soon as suspected of terrorist actions.
In line with ABC’s Aaron Katersky, the armed man who wandered into the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville Saturday has allegedly been ID’d as Muhammad Siddiqui, whom he says is claiming to be the brother of convicted felon Aafia Siddiqui.
She was despatched to jail in 2010 after being discovered responsible of tried homicide of a U.S. army officer in Afghanistan — amongst a slew of different costs — and is serving out an 86-year sentence within the Fort Price space. She’s alleged to have had ties with al-Qaeda through the years … and has been positioned on federal regulation enforcement terrorism watch lists previously.
Per Katersky, the gunman is demanding her launch. Different reviews say the perp claims to be armed with bombs, amongst different weapons … the complete extent of which continues to be unknown. Native regulation enforcement has descended on the scene to barter, as has the FBI.
Even crazier … there was apparently a bar-mitzvah happening when the man busted in, which was being live-streamed to the synagogue’s FB account … a stream that has since been deactivated. Nonetheless, among the snippets that had been captured are actually surfacing, and you’ll hear what’s presumably the hostage-taker railing on America, and saying he is prepared to die.
The actual fact this man crashed a synagogue for hostages just isn’t misplaced on those that lined the Siddiqui case. She is reported to have had sturdy objections to Jewish folks representing her in her protection. She additionally requested for Jews to be tossed from the jury pool on the time.
In the mean time, the synagogue’s rabbi and three others are believed to be amongst these being held captive. No phrase on accidents or deaths but, however SWAT models have arrived.
Initially Revealed — 1/15 1:33 PM PT