The hostage-taker killed by the FBI on Saturday for taking the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, TX hostage is a British muslim who traveled to the US and intentionally targeted the synagogue for the release of a known antisemite Aafia Siddiqui.
The FBI Dallas Field Office confirmed the identity of the man who took four people hostage at a Colleyville synagogue for 10 hours before a SWAT team stormed the building, ending a tense standoff Saturday.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno identified the 44-year-old British national as Malik Faisal Akram.
The FBI and police spokespeople declined to answer questions Saturday night about who shot Akram when the standoff ended.
DeSarno said the hostage-taker was specifically focused on an issue not directly connected to the Jewish community, and there was no immediate indication that the man was part of any broader plan.
Akram was shot and killed after the last of the hostages got out at around 9 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Beth Israel.
In a statement, the FBI said there was no indication that anyone else was involved, but it didn’t provide a possible motive.
Akram could be heard ranting on a Facebook livestream of the services and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan.
The FBI and police spokeswomen declined to answer questions Saturday night about who shot Akram when the standoff ended.
Malik Faisal Akram was shot and killed after the last of the hostages got out at around 9 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Beth Israel near Fort Worth. In a statement, the FBI said there was no indication that anyone else was involved, but it didn’t provide a possible motive.
Lead FBI special agent Matthew DeSarno confirmed Akram was a British citizen and that ‘at this time there is no indication that other individuals are involved‘ in a statement released to the media on Sunday afternoon.
While a number of people were reported to have heard Akram refer to Siddiqui as his “sister” on the livestream, her real brother is said not to have been involved.
Akram had demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, an American-educated Pakistani neuroscientist who is accused of helping terrorists and is currently imprisoned in Texas for attempting to murder a U.S. soldier.
But DeSarno said the agency’s investigation “will have global reach.”
It wasn’t clear why Akram chose the synagogue.
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