FBI Identifies Man Who Took Hostages At Texas Synagogue

The FBI was able to end a hostage standoff at a synagogue in Texas.

It lasted nearly 12 hours.

From The Epoch Times:

Hostages were rescued from inside a Texas synagogue following a standoff that lasted nearly 12 hours, Gov. Greg Abbott announced late Saturday.

“Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and safe,” the governor announced on Twitter.

Abbott’s post came moments after a loud bang and what sounded like gunfire was heard coming from the synagogue—Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, which is about 15 miles northeast of Fort Worth.

Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller confirmed at a press conference late Saturday that the suspect was dead. “Around 9 p.m., the [hostage rescue team] breached the synagogue, they rescued the three hostages, the suspect is deceased.”

FBI crisis negotiators were trying to negotiate with the suspect, according to the local police department in Colleyville in a statement.

The FBI has identified the man as Malik Faisal Akram.

From Star Telegram:

The FBI has identified the hostage-taker in Saturday’s standoff at Colleyville synagogue as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen.

“The FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) will continue processing evidence at the synagogue,” the FBI said in a news release. “At this time, there is no indication that other individuals are involved. The FBI’s North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force (NTJTTF), which includes member agencies from across the region, will continue to follow investigative leads. An FBI Shooting Incident Review Team (SIRT) will conduct a thorough, factual, and objective investigation of the events.”

The United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said Sunday it was “aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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