May 24, 2022

Two teens arrested in England in connection with Texas hostage situation at Dallas area synagogue on Saturday

Manchester, England police have arrested two teenagers on Sunday thought to be connected to the Colleyville, Texas hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Saturday.

According to Breitbart News, the arrests came just hours after Malik Faisal Akram, a Lancashire resident, was confirmed as the man who took four hostages at the synagogue. 

Information tweeted from the Greater Manchester Police officials noted that the teens in South Manchester, U.K. was “part of the ongoing investigation into the attack that took place at a Synagogue in Texas on 15 January 2022.”

https://twitter.com/gmpolice/status/1482856658187477002?s=20 

The two teens who were not identified, are remained in custody for questioning at the point that the report was made about their detention; however, there was no further information about potential charges. 

U.K. news outlet, Independent, reported the arrest with special attention placed on the fact that the arrest took place under an investigation by the Counter Terror Policing Nort West unit.

“The ages and genders of the arrested teenagers have not been released, the Independent reported. The arrests came within hours of the FBI announcing the identity of the hostage-taker, 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram,” Breitbart reported.

“The suspect died Saturday night in Texas as the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team made entry to the synagogue.”

On Sunday, the FBI issued a statement saying that there was “no indication that other individuals are involved” in the hostage-taking incident, seemingly in contradiction to the later statement from Greater Manchester Police. 

The BBC reported that the perpetrator, Akron, was originally from the Blackburn area of Lancashire, with American sources telling the British news agency that Akram arrived in the United States two weeks before the attack, entering through New York’s JFK International Airport.

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