hostage crisis ended in America: After a three-hour standoff, four people held hostage at a Jewish place of worship in Texas were released on Saturday night. During this time, the suspect killed by security forces has been identified as British national Malik Faisal Akram. The incident has been labelled a terrorist act by US President Joe Biden. According to the FBI, there is no evidence that anyone else was involved in the incident. However, there was no mention of possible intent in the statement.
Akram was overheard pleading for Pakistani scientist Afiya Siddiqui’s release. The FBI and police spokesman declined to say who fired the shot that killed Akram, bringing the standoff to a close. During the incident’s livestreaming (broadcast live on a social media platform), the suspect was heard demanding the release of Siddiqui, who was sentenced for the attempted murder of US military officers in Afghanistan.
People running out of a door of a place of worship, just seconds after a gunman opened and then closed it, according to video released by Dallas TV station WFAA. Gunshots were heard shortly after, followed by an explosion. Officials said a man held captive at the Congregation Beth Israel building in Colleyville was released earlier Saturday, and three others were held captive in the FBI’s SWAT team building. He exited around nine o’clock in the night after entering.
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI According to Matt DeSarno, the hostage taker was focused on an issue unrelated to the Jewish community, and there was no immediate indication that the person was involved in a larger conspiracy. However, Desarno stated that the agency would look into the matter from all angles. However, it is unclear why Akram chose to worship in a Jewish temple.
On the condition of anonymity, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the hostage man demanded the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Afiya Siddiqui. Siddiqui, who is being held in a federal prison in Texas, is suspected of having al-Qaeda ties. Officials said the suspect also expressed an interest in speaking with Siddiqui.