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Crime: Gunfire, Explosions Rock Texas Synagogue: Rabbi Among Hostages

Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead

  Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead The man took over services at a Texas synagogue where he could be heard ranting on a livestream.One hostage held Saturday at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was released during the standoff; three others got out about 9 p.m. when an FBI SWAT team entered the building, authorities said. The hostage taker was killed and FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno said a team would investigate “the shooting incident.

A standoff at a North Texas synagogue erupted with a loud explosion Saturday night, when three hostages remained inside, including the rabbi.

A Police car is seen driving close to the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Dallas, on January 15, 2022. - Hostage negotiators were locked in a tense standoff January 15 at the Texas synagogue where a man claiming to be the brother of a convicted terrorist has reportedly taken a rabbi and several others captive, police and media said. One of several hostages being held at a synagogue in Texas has been released, local police said Saturday. © Photo by ANDY JACOBSOHN/AFP via Getty Images A Police car is seen driving close to the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Dallas, on January 15, 2022. - Hostage negotiators were locked in a tense standoff January 15 at the Texas synagogue where a man claiming to be the brother of a convicted terrorist has reportedly taken a rabbi and several others captive, police and media said. One of several hostages being held at a synagogue in Texas has been released, local police said Saturday. "Shortly after 5:00 pm (2300 GMT), a male hostage was released uninjured," the Colleyville police department said in a statement.

The sounds that rocked the Colleyville synagogue sounded like a mix of gunfire and an explosion, according to multiple reports.

Support flows to 'changed' Texas synagogue after standoff

  Support flows to 'changed' Texas synagogue after standoff DALLAS (AP) — The tight-knit congregation at a Texas synagogue where four people were held hostage by an armed captor during a 10-hour standoff over the weekend traces its roots back to a gathering organized over 20 years ago by a handful of families who were new to the area. “It was a Jewish holiday and we were just feeling kind of isolated and unsure who else was living here that was Jewish,” Anna Salton Eisen, a founder and former president of Congregation Beth Israel, said Sunday.

This began Saturday with reports of a hostage situation at a live stream Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville drew local police.

SWAT operations at the synagogue led to evacuation of nearby residents by the Colleyville police, who also urged people to avoid the area just northeast of Fort Worth. Although most hostages were released earlier during the 11-hour standoff, rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker had remained among the three hostages remaining.

With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the service was being live streamed so members of the synagogue could watch it without actually attending. The hostage situation was seen on the live stream, which triggered law enforcement.

The live stream has since been removed.

British Police Arrest Two Teens Over Texas Synagogue Standoff

  British Police Arrest Two Teens Over Texas Synagogue Standoff Police said the teenagers were being questioned after an incident at a synagogue in Colleyville ended with an armed British national dead.The FBI on Sunday identified the armed man who took a rabbi and three others hostage for about 11 hours at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville as 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram.

Hostages were released throughout the day, but no reason of why it happened has been revealed yet.

After the explosion and subsequent gunfire sounds, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that all hostages had been released and are "alive and safe."

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Why FBI Assigned Both 'Hate Crime' and 'Terrorism' to Texas Synagogue Attack .
The FBI had previously called the hostage situation "a terrorism-related matter" that targeted the Jewish community. However, DeSarno added that they were also treating Akram's actions as a hate crime.Akram, 44, took four people hostage at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville while demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani associate of al-Qaeda serving an 86-year prison sentence in Texas for attempted murder. Akram, a British national, held at least three of the hostages within the synagogue for 11 hours before being killed by an FBI team that breached the building.

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