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Colleyville synagogue gunman named Malik Faisal Akram by FBI after Brit was shot dead and 4 hostages released

The man who took four hostages held at a synagogue in Texas has been identified by the FBI as British citizen Malik Faisal Akram.

The suspect is dead holding the members of Synagogue Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville was detained for nearly 12 hours after storming the temple and asking to speak to convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui.

Man who took four hostages held at a Texas synagogue has been identified

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Man who took four hostages held at a Texas synagogue has been identified

At this point, FBI officials believe Akram, 44, acted alone, according to Special Agent Mathhew DeSarno of the FBI Dallas Field Office.

The FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) is still processing evidence in the synagogue investigation.

Late on Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that all four hostages were taken out of the synagogue “alive and safe.”

The FBI confirmed that the hostage-taker was killed after loud explosions and gunshots were heard inside the building.

The incident was unusually captured on a synagogue live stream, with the captor demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of attempting to kill army officers America in Afghanistan.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported that the suspect’s brother, Gulbar, confirmed Akram’s death and condemned the hostage situation in a statement.

“I am deeply saddened, I will confirm that my brother Faisal passed away in Texas, USA this morning,” the statement read.

“We were absolutely devastated as a family. We can’t say much now like [there] is an ongoing investigation by the FBI.

“We would like to say that we as a family do not offer condolences for any of his actions and sincerely apologize to all the victims involved in this unfortunate incident.”

The statement went on to say that the suspect “is suffering from mental health issues,” but the family are sure he will not harm the hostages.

The family continues to condemn any act of violence based on religion.

“We would also like to add that any attack on any human being whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim is wrong and should always be condemned.”

During a press conference on Saturday night, the FBI said that the suspect appeared to be “particularly focused on one issue and it did not specifically relate to the Jewish community.”

Authorities are still trying to determine the significance of his cries in connection with Siddiqui.

Aafia Siddiqui, also known as “Lady Al Qaeda,” is serving an 86-year sentence in a federal prison near Fort Worth.

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Huynh Nguyen

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