The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States revealed today, Sunday, that the hostage taker killed in a synagogue in the state of Texas is a British citizen.
He said the kidnapper was a British citizen named Malik Faisal Akram, 44, and that he was killed after four hostages were released. in security Saturday night.
For their part, Akram’s family claimed that his death “destroyed them”, according to the US network “Sky News”.
Akram’s brother Galbard confirmed in a statement that family members had spent hours “in contact with Faisal “while holding the hostages and that although” he suffered from psychological problems, they were confident he would not harm the hostages. “
The family also said they “do not justify any of his actions and would like to offer his sincere apologies to the victims of this unfortunate accident”.
Faisal has psychological problems and we were sure he would not harm the hostages
The family of owner Faisal Akram
The confrontation lasted 10 hours
An FBI hostage rescue team stormed the Beth Israel complex in Colville, 26km northeast of Fort Worth, ending a 10-hour standoff with police. The gunman took four hostages, including the rabbi.
One of the hostages was released unharmed after being held for six hours, then the FBI team released the remaining three. in safety.
The Colville Police Department said it initially addressed the crisis by deploying rapid response teams in response to emergency calls, which began around 10:41 am during Saturday prayers broadcast in streaming online. Soon, FBI negotiators began contacting the man who said he wanted to speak to a woman in a federal prison.
“So far there is no indication that anyone else was involved” in the operation, the Federal Police said in a statement, adding that investigators are continuing to “analyze the prove in the synagogue “and that investigations are continuing.
A US official with knowledge of the matter told ABC News that the hostage taker claimed to be the brother of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year prison sentence in the United States after being convicted in 2010 for shooting. to soldiers and FBI officers. He asks for his release.
Afia Siddiqui is detained in a federal prison in the Fort Worth area. His lawyer, Marwa Al-Baili, told CNN that the man was not Aafia Siddiqui’s brother.
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