With Reference To A Texas Synagogue Hostage Crisis, British Police Have Detained Two People | Latest Updates
In the ongoing investigation into the Texas synagogue hostage incident, British police have detained two adolescents.
The two youths were taken into custody by Greater Manchester Police’s Counter-Terrorism Police (CTP) on Sunday evening in the city’s south region and are currently being held for interrogation.
CTP North West and CTP International operations “continue to help the investigation being led by the US authorities, and police forces in the region are liaising with local communities to put in place any steps to provide further comfort,” Manchester stated in a statement.
Hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas were released Saturday following an hours-long confrontation with law enforcement officials.
The hostage-taker was 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram, according to the FBI, who was pronounced dead on Saturday.
Previously, Akram had asked for the release of Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently serving a life sentence in Texas for attempting to murder an American soldier.
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He labeled the hostage scenario an “act of terror,” praising local law enforcement for their “one hell of a job” in reacting to the situation and expressing gratitude to the FBI for their efforts.
a British national has been identified as the assailant of the Texas synagogue Biden calls the hostage-taking in Texas an “act of terror”
Jake Sullivan, the nation’s top security adviser, said on Sunday that it was still unclear if the hostage crisis or Akram, in general, represented a greater threat to national security.
The whole scope of this act of terrorism and anti-Semitism, Sullivan stated on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” cannot be determined at this time.
This person’s intentions were also being investigated, as were “any additional connections,” according to him, and a number of law enforcement and intelligence agencies.