Two teenagers were arrested in Manchester after a synagogue in Colleyville was the target of a hostage situation. A British man flew to the US and held people hostage at the Beth Israel Synagogue on Saturday.
The hostage situation led by the FBI, ended with the hostage-taker’death and the release of four hostages unarmed.
The Greater Manchester Police confirmed that, officers from Counter Terror Policing North West had made two arrests in south Manchester on Sunday evening.
Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester in connection with the attack that took place in Colleyville’Synagogue. Their identities, motives, ages and genders were not released.
GMP said police forces in the region are liaising with local communities to put in place any measures to provide further reassurance.
A British man flew to the US, bought a weapon and held people hostage in a 10-hour stand-off at a synagogue.
The now dead attacker was identified as Malik Faisal Akram, originally from Blackburn in Lancashire. The FBI confirmed that he has died. He was shot dead when the FBI entered the building in Texas on Saturday night after a loud bang was heard.
US President Joe Biden branded the incident as “an act of terror” and UK police are working with authorities in America on the investigation.
Akram’s family said they were “absolutely devastated” by what had happened and “do not condone any of his actions”, according to a statement which had been shared on the Blackburn Muslim Community Facebook page.
The statement, attributed to Akram’s brother Gulbar who said he had been involved in negotiating from the UK with his sibling during the ordeal, added that the hostage-taker “was suffering from mental health issues”.
US officials believe Akram had a visa, arrived at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York around two weeks ago and bought a handgun used in the incident. It is also believed that he was homeless.
In an update to reporters on Sunday, Mr Biden said while he did not have all the details it was believed Akram had “got the weapons on the street”, adding: “He purchased them when he landed.”
He said there were “no bombs that we know of”, and that Akram is thought to have “spent the first night in a homeless shelter”.
“We would like to say that we as a family do not condone any of his actions and would like to sincerely apologise wholeheartedly to all the victims involved in the unfortunate incident.”Akram’s family
Akram could be though the Beth Israel Synagogue’s livestream on Facebook demanding the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of trying to kill US army officers in Afghanistan, and is in prison in Texas.
Speaking to reporters after the incident, FBI special agent in charge Matt DeSarno said they believed the man was “singularly focused on one issue and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community”, and added they will continue to “work to find motive”.
Confirming that the hostage-taker had died, he said there would be “an independent investigation of the shooting incident”.
DeSarno said, FBI had been in contact with their legal attache offices in London and Israel for an investigation with “global reach”.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the “act of terrorism and anti-semitism”, while the British Ambassador to the United States Karen Pierce said UK authorities are providing “full support to Texas and US law enforcement agencies”.
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