A suspect who was shot dead by officers after taking 4 individuals hostage at a Texas synagogue was British, the Overseas Workplace has confirmed.
One hostage on the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was launched six hours into the 10-hour standoff, earlier than an FBI SWAT staff entered the constructing at round 9pm native time on Saturday and the three others had been launched unhurt.
FBI Particular Agent in Cost Matt DeSarno stated earlier there was no rapid indication that the person had connections to any broader plan however that the company’s investigation “can have international attain”.
A spokesperson for the UK Overseas, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace stated it’s “conscious of the dying of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the native authorities”.
The hostage-taker was earlier heard demanding the discharge of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of getting ties to al Qaeda, who was convicted of making an attempt to kill US navy officers whereas in custody in Afghanistan.
Suspect demanded launch of Pakistani neuroscientist
He stated he wished to talk to her. She is being held at FMC Carswell in Fort Price, Texas, following her conviction in 2010.
The motive for attacking the synagogue, which is round 30 miles from Dallas, remains to be unclear, though police try to ascertain whether or not he and Siddiqui are associated.
Mr DeSarno stated on Saturday evening that the person had been recognized “however we’re not ready to launch his id or verify his id at the moment”.
Police had been first known as to the synagogue at round 11am native time on Saturday, after they evacuated individuals from the encompassing space, FBI Dallas spokeswoman Katie Chaumont stated.
Assault caught on synagogue livestream
A part of the assault was caught on a livestream of the morning shabbat service being broadcast on Fb.
Native media stories declare an indignant man was heard shouting about faith and “his sister”, earlier than the feed minimize out at round 2pm. They declare the suspect had a British accent.
A rabbi in New York Metropolis had earlier obtained a name from the rabbi considered held hostage in Texas demanding Siddiqui’s launch, in response to regulation enforcement officers, who at the moment are interviewing him.
One of many hostages was let go, earlier than the SWAT staff stormed the constructing, witnesses heard loud bangs and Texas Governor Gregg Abbott introduced the disaster was over.
“Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and secure,” he wrote on Twitter.
President Joe Biden, who was briefed on the disaster because it unfolded, praised the “brave work” of all these concerned in the rescue operation.
“There’s extra we are going to study in the times forward concerning the motivations of the hostage taker,” he stated in a press release.
“However let me be clear to anybody who intends to unfold hate – we are going to stand in opposition to anti-Semitism and in opposition to the rise of extremism in this nation.”