Detained in the city of Manchester, in the United Kingdom, the country of the author of the hostage incident in Texas, characterized as “terrorism” by the authorities.
On Sunday night, in the south of Manchester (United Kingdom), two teenagers were arrested as part of investigations into the kidnapping of a synagogue in Dallas (Texas). At stake are suspected links to the British who took hostages at the scene, Malik Faisal Akram, who was eventually killed by the authorities.
According to Manchester Police, in a statement on Twitter, British counterterrorism units carried out the arrests, leaving the “two teenagers” to “remain in detention for questioning”.
— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) January 16, 2022
However, information regarding the age, identity or type of relationship with Akram, a resident of the city of Blackburn, has not yet been released.
THE LAST DAYS OF MALIK FAISAL AKRAM
According to information advanced by the Texas authorities, Malik Faisal Akram, 44, traveled to US territory two weeks ago, via the state of New York.
Already this Saturday, he ended up entering the Beth Israel Congregation, in Colleyville, in possession of a weapon, taking several hostages, which includes the synagogue’s rabbi, Charlie Cytron-Walker.
At the same time that FBI agents tried to negotiate with the kidnapper, he asked for the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who he described as his “sister”.
Siddiqui is a neuroscientist detained a few kilometers from the synagogue, serving an 86-year sentence for various crimes, including attempted murder against US soldiers.
KIDDER KILLED, HOSTAGE RELEASED
After endless negotiations, the hostages were released and an exchange of fire led to Akram being shot down by the police.
The weapons in the possession of the British will have been acquired in the United States, after his arrival in New York.
KIDDER’S FAMILY APOLOGIES TO VICTIMS
The kidnapper’s brother, Gulbar Akram, after confirming the death of the family member, ended up apologizing to the victims of the synagogue attack, pointing out psychological disorders to the brother.
“We wanted to say that as a family we do not condone any of your actions and would like to sincerely apologize to all victims involved in this regrettable incident,” Gulbar added in a post on the Blackburn Muslim Community Facebook page.
Gulbar also ends up saying that “any attack against a human being – whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim – is wrong and must always be condemned”.
THE REACTIONS TO THE KIDNAPPING
US President Joe Biden describes the attack as an “act of terror”, assuring to contribute to the opposition to “anti-Semitism and the rise of extremism”.
The top head of US policy also criticizes the inability to restrict the purchase and sale of weapons by the country’s political class.
The British Foreign Minister, Liz Truss, also considers the situation as “an act of terrorism and anti-Semitism”, guaranteeing that the United Kingdom is on the side of the United States “in defending the rights and freedoms against those who spread hate”.
SAFETY TRAINING MADE A DIFFERENCE
Synagogue rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker says security training at his suburban Fort Worth congregation over the years is what allowed him, along with the other three hostages, to get through the 10-hour situation he describes as “traumatic”.
“Over the past hour, the shooter has become increasingly aggressive and threatening,” Cytron-Walker said in a statement, adding that “without the instructions we received, we would not have been prepared to act and flee.”
Source: with agencies