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Suspect shot dead after taking hostages in Texas synagogue siege was British, Sky News understands | US News


A suspect who was shot dead by officers after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was British, Sky News understands.

One hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was released during the 12-hour standoff, before an FBI SWAT team entered the building at around 9pm local time on Saturday and the three others were released unharmed.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno said earlier there was no immediate indication that the man had connections to any broader plan but that the agency’s investigation “will have global reach”.

The Congregation Beth Israel synagogue serves the Reform community in Colleyville. Pic: Google

A spokesperson for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said it is “monitoring the situation” and are in “contact with local authorities”.

The hostage-taker was earlier heard on the synagogue’s livestream demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al Qaeda, who was convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.

He said he wanted to speak to her. She is being held at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, following her conviction in 2010.

The motive for attacking the synagogue is still unclear, although police are trying to establish whether he and Siddiqui are related.

Mr DeSarno said on Saturday night that the man had been identified “but we are not prepared to release his identity or confirm his identity at this time”.


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