The men remained in custody for questioning as UK counterterrorism investigators help US authorities in probing the incident that has put American Jewish communties on edge
. The FBI is investigating Saturday’s standoff as “a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted,” the bureau has mentioned.
The FBI recognized Malik Faisal Akram, a British nationwide, as the person who held 4 individuals hostage at a Colleyville, Texas, synagogue in an 11-hour standoff
. An FBI group killed Akram after one hostage was launched and three escaped.
FBI Director Christopher Wray mentioned Thursday the company is treating the hostage standoff as “act of terrorism” and “enduring threats to the Jewish community” all through the nation proceed “to be among our very highest” priorities for the company.
“This was not some random occurrence. It was intentional. It was symbolic and we’re not going to tolerate anti-semitism in this country,” Wray mentioned at a digital occasion hosted by the Anti-Defamation League. “We recognize that the Jewish community in particular has suffered violence and faces very real threats from, really, across the hate spectrum.”
Akram, 44, had been known to UK security services
and had been the topic of a quick investigation in 2020, a UK official instructed CNN on Tuesday. That investigation was closed when authorities decided Akram to not be a menace.
In late December, he arrived in the United States by way of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a US regulation enforcement supply conversant in the investigation instructed CNN.
Investigators imagine Akram was motivated in the hostage-taking by a want to see the discharge of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui
, who’s serving an 86-year federal jail sentence in Fort Worth, they’ve mentioned. She was not concerned in the Colleyville standoff, her legal professional mentioned.
Two youngsters arrested Sunday
in south Manchester had been launched with out cost on Tuesday, in keeping with PA Media, a UK-based information company.
Heroic rabbi set to go away congregation
The final three hostages’ daring escape
late Saturday as Akram’s temper deteriorated was led by Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who credited safety coaching for making ready them “to act and flee when the situation presented itself.”
Cytron-Walker will go away Congregation Beth Israel in June, spokeswoman Jennifer Farmer instructed CNN on Wednesday.
“The rabbi had been planning to transition. He’d been with the congregation for 16 years. While this transition was already planned, right now he is singularly focused on healing from the tragedy of the past weekend,” Farmer mentioned.