January 16, 2022 – In Breaking News – Fox News
The man who allegedly held Jewish worshippers hostage at a Texas synagogue was a British citizen.
The suspect who died at the scene after allegedly taking hostages at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, near Fort Worth, Saturday was a British national, according to the U.K. government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
(See how the ordeal evolved. Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago.)
“We are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities,” a spokesperson for the office said in an emailed statement to Fox News Digital.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the State Department, Justice Department, the FBI Dallas Division, and the Colleyville Police Department early Sunday seeking additional comment.
It’s unclear how the individual entered the U.S. or if he had a criminal background.
(A suspect who was shot dead by police after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was British, the Foreign Office says. Courtesy of Sky News and YouTube. Posted on Jan 16, 2022.)
The hours-long hostage incident ended Saturday night with the hostages safe and the man holding them dead, according to authorities.
The man allegedly had demanded the release of a Pakistani woman who is imprisoned nearby on charges of trying to kill American service members in Afghanistan.
That woman, Aafia Siddiqui, is serving an 86-year prison sentence after being convicted in Manhattan in 2010 on charges that she sought to shoot U.S. military officers while being detained in Afghanistan two years earlier.
She’s a Pakistani neuroscientist who studied in the United States at prestigious institutions — Brandeis University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
(The man who took hostages inside a Texas synagogue had sought the release of a Pakistani woman who is in jail on suspicion of attempting to kill American service members in Afghanistan. Aafia Siddiqui is serving an 86-year prison sentence after being found guilty in Manhattan in 2010 of attempting to shoot US military officials while captured in Afghanistan two years prior. Courtesy of Hindustan Times and YouTube. Posted on Jan 16, 2022.)
Top FBI and Justice Department described her as an “al-Qaida operative and facilitator” at a May 2004 news conference and warned of intelligence showing al-Qaida planned an attack in the coming months.
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.”
Update at 9:55pm: The SWAT situation in Colleyville is resolved and all hostages are safe. We continue to work in partnership with the FBI to finalize all details. We will be addressing the media staging area at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 10:15pm with an update.
— Colleyville Police (@ColleyvillePD) January 16, 2022
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