Police in Colleyville, Texas are negotiating with a person who took hostages at a synagogue on Saturday throughout a live streamed service, in keeping with studies.
Colleville Police mentioned they had been responding to the scenario with SWAT groups close to Congregation Beth Israel, with FBI particular brokers on the scene.
“We’re at present conducting SWAT operations across the 6100 block of Nice Run Highway. All residents within the instant space are being evacuated. Please keep away from the realm,” the police division mentioned at 11.31am Texas time.
The scenario was nonetheless ongoing at 2.20pm, it later added.
The incident started whereas a service was being live streamed on Fb, main distant congregants to listen to a person, doubtless the attacker, shouting on their feed.
In clips posted on Twitter earlier than the unique live stream was eliminated, a person could be heard saying: “What the f— is unsuitable with America? There’s something f***ing unsuitable with this method that you’re nonetheless making an attempt to do a take care of me.”
In line with ABC News, the suspect is known as Muhammad Siddiqui and claims to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist at present serving an 86-yr jail sentence in Fort Price, Texas for trying to homicide a US soldier in Afghanistan.
A supply on the scene advised ABC that the suspect was armed and claimed to have bombs in unknown areas, demanding that Aafia Siddiqui be let out.
In a single clip posted on Twitter, the person says: “Are you gonna get my sister on the cellphone or not? I inform you one factor – when you get my sister, issues will [inaudible]… come on, get her on.”
Pictures confirmed black police vehicles, cops in fight gear, and an armoured police automobile exterior the entrance portico of the synagogue.
Hostage scenario has now lasted three hours
Good afternoon. A hostage scenario is ongoing on the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.
Colleyville Police issued its first alert at 11.31am Texas time, saying it was responding with SWAT groups. At 2.20pm it mentioned the scenario was not over, that means it has now been happening for about three hours.
Io Dodds15 January 2022 21:26