The suspect in the Colleyville Synagogue incident was confirmed to be a British national. One hostage was released unharmed earlier in the afternoon. The 12 hour standoff ended on Saturday night after the FBI hostage rescue team stormed the building in an effort to free the remaining hostages. All hostages are safe, the suspect is dead.
The guy took a synagogue hostage to try to get a notoriously anti-Semitic terrorist released from the prison down the road. https://t.co/wt0zAOaOPT— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 16, 2022
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NEW: @FCDOGovUK effectively confirms a British national is suspected to have been the gunman who died at the scene after taking hostages at Texas synagogue.— Deborah Haynes (@haynesdeborah) January 16, 2022
A spokesperson said: “We are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities.”
The FBI’s Hostage Rescue team was flown in from Washington DC to assist with the situation, and is reportedly the team that stormed the building.
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker issued a statement after the Colleyville synagogue situation was resolved:
The morning after he and three others were held hostage for nearly 12 hours, Colleyville Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker makes a public statement. pic.twitter.com/ebD7WSBhsh— Melissa Weiss (@melissaeweiss) January 16, 2022
The hostage taker, who was not named, demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman being held at a medical facility nearby as we previously reported. Although he claimed to be her “brother,” that has not been confirmed. He had a British accent, according to those who were able to listen to the livestream before it was removed. Nicknamed “Lady Al-Qaeda,” she was convicted of attempting to kill members of the military who were assigned to interview her in Afghanistan.
In 2008, she was detained by authorities in Afghanistan. American officials said they found in her possession handwritten notes that discussed the construction of so-called dirty bombs and that listed various locations in the U.S. that could be targeted in a “mass casualty attack.”
Inside an interview room at an Afghan police compound, authorities say, she grabbed the M4 rifle of a U.S. Army officer and opened fire on members of the U.S. team assigned to interrogate her.Fox
CAIR said it condemned the hostage taking, but has worked to free Siddiqui for a long time because they say she’s mentally ill and a political prisoner. A political prisoner with a desire to kill…
Islamist group @cairnational says it strongly condemns the Islamic hostage taking at the Texas synagogue, but just weeks ago campaigned with @lsarsour for the release of the same convicted terrorist the hostage taker was wanting freed (Aafia Saddiqui). #Colleyville pic.twitter.com/zUyNbmQv4U— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 16, 2022
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