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    Texas police end hostage stand-off at synagogue - Release for Afia Siddiqui was being demanded

    Police in the US state of Texas are negotiating with a man who has taken several hostages at a synagogue in the town of Colleyville.

    One hostage was freed late on Saturday, police said. He was unharmed and no other injuries have been reported.

    The synagogue's service was being streamed online when the incident began. An angry man could be heard saying he did not want to hurt anyone.

    Police deployed special weapons teams and local people were evacuated.

    Four people are believed to have been taken hostage originally including the synagogue's rabbi, according to US media reports.

    One law enforcement official told the Associated Press that the man has claimed to be armed, but they have been unable to confirm whether he is.


    FBI crisis negotiators are in contact with the hostage-taker.

    President Joe Biden, meanwhile, has been briefed about the developing situation.

    The incident began at around 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT) on Saturday when police were called to the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. People were evacuated from the area shortly after.

    A live stream of the Shabbat morning service on Facebook captured audio of a man talking loudly. He could be heard saying: "You get my sister on the phone" and "I am gonna die".

    He was also heard saying: "There's something wrong with America." The feed has since been taken down.

    The hostage-taker was also heard demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is currently serving an 86-year prison term in the US, law enforcement officials told local media.

    Siddiqui was convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.

    Barry Klompus, a member of the congregation since it opened in 1999, said he had been told about the incident by another member and had quickly turned to the live feed until it was taken down.

    "It was horrible listening and watching, and it's that much more horrible not knowing," he told Reuters news agency.

    Victoria Francis told the Associated Press that she heard the man rant against America and claim he had a bomb during the live stream. "It's a scary situation. I'm hopeful it ends the best way it can," she said.

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    Was this her brother?

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    Four people who were held hostage at a synagogue in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, have been freed unharmed after a 10-hour stand-off with police.

    They were taken hostage during a morning service in Colleyville on Saturday.

    Police deployed special weapons teams, while FBI negotiators spent hours talking to the assailant.

    Explosions and gunfire could be heard before the incident ended. The hostage-taker has since died, police say.

    The four people taken hostage included the synagogue's rabbi, according to US media reports.

    The service was being streamed online when the incident began. One of the hostages was released unharmed six hours later, with the other three being led to safety by police several hours after that.

    The rescue team breached the synagogue but it is not yet clear how the hostage-taker died or who he was.

    President Joe Biden was briefed about the developing situation.

    The incident began at around 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT) when police were called to the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. People were evacuated from the area shortly after.

    A live stream of the Shabbat morning service on Facebook captured audio of a man talking loudly. He could be heard saying: "You get my sister on the phone" and "I am gonna die".

    He was also heard saying: "There's something wrong with America." The feed has since been taken down.

    The hostage-taker was also heard demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is currently serving an 86-year prison term in the US, law enforcement officials told local media.

    Siddiqui was convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.

    Barry Klompus, a member of the congregation since it opened in 1999, said he had been told about the incident by another member and had quickly turned to the live feed until it was taken down.

    "It was horrible listening and watching, and it's that much more horrible not knowing," he told Reuters news agency.

    Victoria Francis told the Associated Press that she heard the man rant against America and claim he had a bomb during the live stream. "He was pretty irritated and the more irritated he got, he'd make more threats," she said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritOf1903 View Post
    Was this her brother?
    The suspect is not Aafia Siddiqui's brother, her attorney says

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    From CNN’s Katelyn Polantz

    The attorney representing Aafia Siddiqui, the woman whose case investigators believe could be a motivating factor for the hostage taker, urged the suspect to release the hostages in a statement on Saturday.

    "We strongly condemn the hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, TX," said Marwa Elbially in a statement. "We implore the hostage taker to immediately release all hostages and turn himself in."

    "We want to verify that the perpetrator is NOT Dr. Aafia's brother who is a respected architect and member of the community. Whoever the assailant is, we want him to know that his actions are condemned by Dr. Aafia and her family," the statement added, calling the suspect's actions "heinous and wrong."


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    Islamabad: Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani prisoner in the United States whose release was reportedly demanded by a Texas hostage-taker this weekend, is serving an 86-year sentence for the attempted murder of American soldiers.
    Four people were freed unharmed on Sunday following a more than 10-hour standoff at a synagogue in the US state. Their suspected captor was killed.

    Media, quoting a US official briefed on the matter, reported that the man was calling for the release of 49-year-old Siddiqui.

    Her lawyer said in a statement to CNN that she had "absolutely no involvement" in the hostage situation, and condemned the man's actions.

    A US-educated Pakistani scientist, she was jailed in 2010 for attacking American soldiers in Afghanistan.

    She was the first woman to be suspected of Al-Qaeda links by the US, but never convicted of it.

    At 18 years old, Siddiqui travelled to the US, where her brother lived, to study at Boston's prestigious MIT, later earning a PhD in neuroscience at Brandeis University.

    But after the 9/11 terror attacks of 2001, she came up on the FBI's radar for donations to Islamic organisations and was linked to the purchase of $10,000 worth of night-vision goggles and books on warfare.

    The US suspected she joined Al-Qaeda from America, returning to Pakistan where she married into the family of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- an architect of the 9/11 attacks.

    She disappeared in around 2003, along with her three children, in Karachi.

    Five years later she turned up in Pakistan's war-torn neighbour Afghanistan, where she was arrested by local forces in the restive southeastern province of Ghazni.

    'Death to America'

    During her interrogation by US forces, she grabbed a rifle and opened fire, while screaming "Death to America" and "I want to kill Americans".

    The soldiers escaped unhurt, but she was injured.

    Her imprisonment sparked outrage in her home country and her supporters claim she was the victim of a secret Pakistan-US plot.

    After she was sentenced, Al-Qaeda's then number two called on Muslims to "avenge" the decision.

    Her release has previously been at the centre of militants' demands, including during two hostage crises in Pakistan as well as the capture of James Foley, an American journalist who was beheaded by the Islamic State in 2014.

    Michael Kugelman, a South Asia analyst, tweeted: "Siddiqui isn't well known in the US, but in Pakistan she's a big name -- many view her as an innocent victim."

    In a previous article, he described her as a cause celebre among terrorists, and said she was viewed as a "powerful symbol of how poorly Americans treat innocent Muslims in the global campaign against terror".

    The issue has remained a matter of long-running tension between Pakistan and the US.

    During his election campaign, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, an open critic of US action linked to the war on terror, vowed to get her released. He offered to free Shakeel Afridi, who is languishing in Pakistani jail over his role in helping Americans trace Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.

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    A suspect who was shot dead by officers after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was British, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

    One hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was released six hours into the 10-hour standoff, before an FBI SWAT team entered the building at around 9pm local time on Saturday and the three others were released unharmed.

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno said earlier there was no immediate indication that the man had connections to any broader plan but that the agency's investigation "will have global reach".

    A spokesperson for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said it is "aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities".

    The hostage-taker was earlier heard demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al Qaeda, who was convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.

    He said he wanted to speak to her. She is being held at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, following her conviction in 2010.

    The motive for attacking the synagogue, which is around 30 miles from Dallas, is still unclear, although police are trying to establish whether he and Siddiqui are related.

    Mr DeSarno said on Saturday night that the man had been identified "but we are not prepared to release his identity or confirm his identity at this time".

    Police were first called to the synagogue at around 11am local time on Saturday, when they evacuated people from the surrounding area, FBI Dallas spokeswoman Katie Chaumont said.

    Part of the attack was caught on a livestream of the morning shabbat service being broadcast on Facebook.

    Local media reports claim an angry man was heard shouting about religion and "his sister", before the feed cut out at around 2pm. They claim the suspect had a British accent.

    A rabbi in New York City had earlier received a call from the rabbi thought to be held hostage in Texas demanding Siddiqui's release, according to law enforcement officials, who are now interviewing him.

    One of the hostages was let go, before the SWAT team stormed the building, witnesses heard loud bangs and Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced the crisis was over.

    "Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and safe," he wrote on Twitter.

    President Joe Biden, who was briefed on the crisis as it unfolded, praised the "courageous work" of all those involved in the rescue operation.

    "There is more we will learn in the days ahead about the motivations of the hostage taker," he said in a statement.

    "But let me be clear to anyone who intends to spread hate - we will stand against anti-Semitism and against the rise of extremism in this country."

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    I really don't know why people do this type of thing. This is counterproductive.


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    Clearly a guy with mental health issues.

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    While my friend told me about this there was no discussion on reasons for this, shocking.

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    The British man who was shot dead after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue has been named by the FBI as Malik Faisal Akram.

    Sky News understands the 44-year-old from Blackburn was not living in the United States but had recently travelled there.

    Akram's family say they are "devastated" by his death, adding that they "do not condone any of his actions and would like to sincerely apologize wholeheartedly to all the victims involved in the unfortunate incident".

    In a statement, Akram's brother Gulbar said family members spent hours "liasing with Faisal" during the siege, and that although he was "suffering from mental health issues we were confident that he would not harm the hostages".

    "There was nothing we could have said to him or done that would have convinced him to surrender," Gulbar said.

    The Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit is "liaising with US authorities and colleagues from the FBI", which has said there is no indication there were any other individuals involved in the attack.

    Akram took four people hostage, including a rabbi, inside the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville at around 11am local time on Saturday.

    One was freed after six hours before an FBI SWAT team entered the building at around 9pm, shot the attacker dead and released the other three unharmed.

    The first part of the siege was captured on a Facebook livestream of the morning shabbat, which was cut off at around 2pm.

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    To United States intelligence officials Aafia Siddiqui is a dangerous terrorist operative who entertained plans to bomb New York and deserves her tabloid moniker: Lady al-Qaeda.

    When the the former neuroscientist was in 2010 handed an 86-years jail sentence, justice officials hailed it as a major victory against international terrorism.

    Yet to many in her homeland of Pakistan and beyond, she is instead an innocent Muslim mother-of-three who fell foul of America's ruthless war on terror and was subject to a terrible miscarriage of justice.

    Sympathy for her as an oppressed victim is so widespread, and her fate has become such a cause cťlŤbre for militant groups, that she has frequently been named in potential hostage swaps for kidnapped Westerners.

    In 2010 Afghan kidnappers demanded her release in return for the freedom of captured British aid worker Linda Norgrove. According to a letter made public in 2014, the Islamic State group offered to release James Foley, the American journalist the militants later beheaded, in exchange for her release.

    The 49-year-old daughter of an English-trained, Pakistani doctor, she was born in Karachi and moved to America to study in around 1991, attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then earning a PhD from Brandeis University, her trial was told.

    During the 1990s, she is believed to have become increasingly radicalised while campaigning for persecuted Bosnians and increasingly blamed America for the plight of Muslims.

    The 9/11 attacks are thought to have hardened her resolve and in May 2002 the FBI questioned her and her husband after they had bought $10,000 worth of night-vision goggles, body armour and military manuals.

    She returned to Pakistan and was said to have fallen in with an al-Qaeda cell in Karachi before disappearing in 2003, by which point she was one of America's most wanted terrorist suspects.

    She resurfaced in 2008 when she was detained in Afghanistan. American investigators said they had found her carrying handwritten notes that discussed the construction of so-called "dirty bombs" made from radioactive materials and listed potential US targets for a "mass casualty attack".

    While being questioned at an Afghan police compound, she is accused of grabbing a rifle from a US army officer and opening fire on her American interrogators.

    She was convicted in 2010 of trying to kill the soldiers, among other charges. At her sentencing, she gave rambling statements in which she delivered a message of world peace and forgave the judge, but denied her own lawyers arguments that she deserved leniency for mental illness.

    After she was sentenced, Al-Qaeda's then number two called on Muslims to "avenge" the decision.

    Pakistan condemned her conviction and the prime minister at the time, Yousuf Raza Gilani, called her the "daughter of the nation".

    During his election campaign, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, an open critic of US action linked to the war on terror, vowed to get her released. He offered to free Shakeel Afridi, who is languishing in Pakistani jail over his role in helping Americans trace Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.

    Siddiqui is currently being held at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, where she was badly scalded last year when another inmate threw hot liquid in her face.

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    Thousands have disappeared In pakistan by the isi and military .

    Afia siddiqui and her missing son probably dead is a harrowing tale , but the biggest problem it was our military and intelligence who abducted and sold these people.

    Another one is amina janjua her husband is unaccounted for and missing.

    Whether these people are guilty or not we will never know the truth because our security forces are biggest liars look at sahiwal incident where they murdered the driver a shop keeper and his wife and teenage daughter, tried to kill the other 3 kids then fled when people were watching and left them on side of road with bullet wounds .

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    He was another terrorist rightfully killed by the police. Brainwashed by the usual lot he was not doing Islam or Muslim's any favour.


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    and people say she's innocent. The lengths terrorist organizations have gone to just to get her released is absurd. They've not done this for anyone else.




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    Quote Originally Posted by uberkoen View Post
    and people say she's innocent. The lengths terrorist organizations have gone to just to get her released is absurd. They've not done this for anyone else.
    One deranged loner does not define her innocence or guilt. Her lawyers immediately denied that


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    One deranged loner does not define her innocence or guilt. Her lawyers immediately denied that
    This isn't the first such incident though is it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    One deranged loner does not define her innocence or guilt. Her lawyers immediately denied that
    Her conviction defines her guilt.

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    Move on Nothing to see here but someone with mental health issues

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Her conviction defines her guilt.
    Many many cases exist in the US legal system where there have been wrongful convictions.

    Of course we must go by the legal definition - and to that end, yes she is guilty.


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    This man wasted his life to free an international terrorist! People like Aafia belong in a jail. I am grateful to see the American justice system throwing her behind bars for a long time.
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    The British man who was shot dead after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue has been named by the FBI as Malik Faisal Akram.

    Sky News understands the 44-year-old from Blackburn was not living in the United States and had travelled there from the UK on 2 January.

    Greater Manchester Police said: "Two teenagers were detained in south Manchester this evening. They remain in custody for questioning."

    The Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit says it is also "liaising with US authorities and colleagues from the FBI".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    One deranged loner does not define her innocence or guilt. Her lawyers immediately denied that
    When terrorist seized Jordanian oilfields a while back, they demanded her release. ISIS and the Taliban have also demanded her release numerous times. Why do terrorist always demand her release? Is she the only Muslim woman who is in a US prison?

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    British teenagers arrested….

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60019251

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    LONDON: The British national who was shot dead by the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team after taking four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue was radicalised locally in Blackburn and had no connections with Pakistan, sources within his family said while speaking to Geo News.

    Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was married to a British Gujarati woman, had held four people hostage for more than 10 hours at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday while he made demands for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. After Akram was gunned down, all the hostages were reported free and safe.

    Faisal's father, Malik Akram, is a respected local community figure who hails from Jhelum and had migrated to Britain around five decades ago.

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    Malik Akram and members of his family actively participate in local politics and one of their close relatives Malik Irfan is a Labour party councillor. According to the locals who spoke to this correspondent, Malik Akram and his family got along with others.

    At least three sources within the Akram family confirmed that Malik Faisal didn’t get on well with his family who is known to be "religious but peaceful and tolerant".

    Malik Akram has five sons and a daughter but one of his sons passed away recently after suffering from COVID-19. He has served as the president of the Islamic centre on Randal Street, called Raza Masjid, where most Pakistanis go for prayers but Malik Faisal attended Masjid-e-Irfan at Eldon Raod, which is attended mostly by Gujarati Muslim.

    A local source said that Faisal took part in demonstrations for the freedom of Palestine and took part in protests for the release of Muslims prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

    As soon as the news emerged of Faisal’s involvement in the hostage-taking, the local Blackburn council issued a request to all local councillors not to speak to media.

    Faisal's brother Gulbar Akram said in a message that he had been working with the FBI and “liaising” with his sibling throughout the stand-off. He also apologised and wrote: “It is with great great sadness, I will confirm that my brother Faisal passed away in Texas, USA this morning. We are absolutely devastated as a family. We can’t say much now as there is an ongoing FBI investigation.

    “There was nothing we could have said to him or done that would have convinced him to surrender. Obviously, our priority will be to get him back to the UK for his funeral prayers, although we have been warned it could take weeks. We would also like to add that any attack on any human being be it a Jew, Christian or Muslim etc is wrong and should always be condemned. It is absolutely inexcusable for a Muslim to attack a Jew or for any Jew to attack a Muslim, Christian, Hindu vice versa etc.”

    Faisal, who was reportedly armed with “backpacks containing explosives”, had demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui — who police say he referred to as his sister. It is believed that Aafia Siddiqui’s family had no idea about the extremist step taken by Faisal.

    A source in Karachi said that all family members of Aafia Siddiqui were in a hospital attending to a critically ill family member when they heard the news about the hostage situation and demand of the hostage-taker.

    A close relative said: “Faisal was not this sort of person. He went with Tablighi jamaat a few times and always spoke politely and intellectually. It’s unbelievable that he took such a step. He was a business-minded and clever person. The whole community is in a state of shock."

    He said it is true that Faisal had developed issues with his family in the last few months and he was upset but to go all the way to the US to demand the release of Aafia Siddiqui was "unbelievable when it is known that it’s a matter for the governments and not individuals".

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    It says he got radicalized in Blackburn,UK. When did Blackburn become Syria/Afghanistan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazkhan View Post
    Thousands have disappeared In pakistan by the isi and military .

    Afia siddiqui and her missing son probably dead is a harrowing tale , but the biggest problem it was our military and intelligence who abducted and sold these people.

    Another one is amina janjua her husband is unaccounted for and missing.

    Whether these people are guilty or not we will never know the truth because our security forces are biggest liars look at sahiwal incident where they murdered the driver a shop keeper and his wife and teenage daughter, tried to kill the other 3 kids then fled when people were watching and left them on side of road with bullet wounds .
    afia siddiqui was not sold. She was a terrorist.

    Because of her a Pakistani family got jailed in gitmo


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Her conviction defines her guilt.
    Watch, The Mauritian.

    Makes it really difficult to believe anything coming out of GITMO, particularly, after it was released how Junior and Tony lied about Iraq war.

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    The rabbi of a Texas synagogue who was taken hostage on Saturday has described how he threw a chair at the gunman in order to escape.

    He and two other hostages were then able to get out "without a shot being fired", following a 10-hour siege.

    The hostage-taker, named as British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, was shot dead after a stand-off with police.

    US President Joe Biden has described the hostage-taking incident as "an act of terror".

    It began at around 11:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Saturday.

    Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker told BBC partner CBS News the group had been praying when he heard a click that turned out to be the hostage-taker's gun, and he and three others were held captive.

    "We were threatened the entire time but fortunately none of us were physically injured," he said.

    One hostage was released after six hours, while the other three escaped several hours later.

    "When I saw an opportunity, when he wasn't in a good position, I made sure the gentlemen were still with me, they were ready to go," Rabbi Cytron-Walker recalled. "The exit wasn't too far away, I told them to go."

    He then threw a chair at the gunman and headed for the door.

    He said getting back to the synagogue following the incident "won't be easy but it's an important thing".

    The service was live-streamed and captured the audio of the man demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is currently serving an 86-year prison term in the US, law enforcement officials told local media.

    Siddiqui was convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan. Thousands took to the streets in Pakistan to protest against her conviction in 2010.

    A brother of Malik Faisal Akram issued a statement apologising to the victims and saying he had been suffering from "mental health issues".

    Two teenagers have been arrested in England as part of the investigation into the incident. Details of their ages and genders have not been revealed.

    British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss described the incident as an "act of terrorism and anti-Semitism".

    "We stand with US in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate," she said.

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    Zionists playing the game as usual.

    "We stand with US in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate," she said.

    Horse manuare! There is no freedom when it come to critisim of Zionism.

    Malik Faisal Akram. Prove to me this guy is a real human being. Prove to me he was at this so called synagogue. Any takers? Or are most of brainwashed by the Zionist propaganda?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Zionists playing the game as usual.

    "We stand with US in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate," she said.

    Horse manuare! There is no freedom when it come to critisim of Zionism.

    Malik Faisal Akram. Prove to me this guy is a real human being. Prove to me he was at this so called synagogue. Any takers? Or are most of brainwashed by the Zionist propaganda?
    When the Zionists say jump! Rest of the world says how high!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Zionists playing the game as usual.

    "We stand with US in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate," she said.

    Horse manuare! There is no freedom when it come to critisim of Zionism.

    Malik Faisal Akram. Prove to me this guy is a real human being. Prove to me he was at this so called synagogue. Any takers? Or are most of brainwashed by the Zionist propaganda?
    They donít have to prove anything to an online poster, they just have to prove to American citizens and western nations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    They donít have to prove anything to an online poster, they just have to prove to American citizens and western nations.
    Ladies and gentlemen; the bearer and speaker of the sheeple.

    If it's on the internet, it must be true.

    LOL.

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    So a bloke with mental health issues was given a visa, allowed to obtain a gun in the US.

    Seems like a patsy who is now dead.

    Zionists need to reguarly show they are being threatned.

    Dont be surprised a few more anti-semitism or anti-Israel laws are introduced soon.


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    Any reason posters are ignoring this:

    Faisal's brother Gulbar Akram said in a message that he had been working with the FBI and ďliaisingĒ with his sibling throughout the stand-off. He also apologised and wrote: ďIt is with great great sadness, I will confirm that my brother Faisal passed away in Texas, USA this morning. We are absolutely devastated as a family. We canít say much now as there is an ongoing FBI investigation.

    A close relative said: ďFaisal was not this sort of person. He went with Tablighi jamaat a few times and always spoke politely and intellectually. Itís unbelievable that he took such a step. He was a business-minded and clever person. The whole community is in a state of shock."

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    STOP posting personal stuff here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    So a bloke with mental health issues was given a visa, allowed to obtain a gun in the US.

    Seems like a patsy who is now dead.
    .
    All valid questions. Also one question I have no answer for is how did he get radicalized in Blackburn. UK as per the articles here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Local.Dada View Post
    All valid questions. Also one question I have no answer for is how did he get radicalized in Blackburn. UK as per the articles here?
    By the security services.

    Texas synagogue hostage-taker Faisal Akram was known to Britain’s MI5 security service
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-b1994841.html

    This is an old tactic. Pick up recruit mental people who are already radicalised by foriegn policy and let them do their bidding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    By the security services.



    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-b1994841.html

    This is an old tactic. Pick up recruit mental people who are already radicalised by foriegn policy and let them do their bidding.
    What? are you saying Mi5 is behind the attack?

    Címon man stop beating around the bush, there is a clear radicalization problem in UK and this guy is a product of that. As far as any idiot getting free access to guns in the US, yes it is definitely a huge problem and a concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Local.Dada View Post
    What? are you saying Mi5 is behind the attack?

    C’mon man stop beating around the bush, there is a clear radicalization problem in UK and this guy is a product of that. As far as any idiot getting free access to guns in the US, yes it is definitely a huge problem and a concern.
    Along with US and Israeli intel.

    Of course radical extremists exist in all societies. As an Indian you should know hundreds of millions of Hindu fanatcis are roaming around your nation, also Sikh and Muslim fanatics.

    However in this case , its clear he was a patsy. UK intel sent him to US, who then aided him to get weapon, attack the site. A mental person cannot also be a genius criminal who evaded MI5, Mossad and CIA. I know this is hard for some to accept.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Along with US and Israeli intel.

    Of course radical extremists exist in all societies. As an Indian you should know hundreds of millions of Hindu fanatcis are roaming around your nation, also Sikh and Muslim fanatics.

    However in this case , its clear he was a patsy. UK intel sent him to US, who then aided him to get weapon, attack the site. A mental person cannot also be a genius criminal who evaded MI5, Mossad and CIA. I know this is hard for some to accept.
    Wasting your time bro. The Nay sayers will always believe in their Naratives, no matter how much spin is attached.

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    The British man who took four hostage in Texas was on a call with his children when he was shot dead, his brother has told Sky News.

    Malik Faisal Akram, originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, was killed after the FBI entered the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue.

    The gunman's brother, Gulbar Akram, said he spoke to his sibling by phone during the siege.

    Texas synagogue siege: Aafia Siddiqui - who is the Pakistani prisoner at the centre of the incident?

    His brother told him: "I'll release these Jewish guys, I just want them to bring Aafia Siddiqui over here. I want them to bring her here and I'll release these guys."

    Gulbar said: "I went into a shock, my mind was blown. I knew at that point - my brother has no chance.

    "He was telling me 'I've come to die'."

    Texas synagogue siege: Aafia Siddiqui - who is the Pakistani prisoner at the centre of the incident?

    "I tried to convince him, said think about your kids, your mum and dad. But his mind was made up. He wanted her released.

    "At no point did he say he's gonna harm these guys, that's not my brother. He said to us he's got a bomb, but I knew he was lying. I knew he wasn't going to get out of there alive - his intention was to die."

    He said his brother was on the phone with his children when he was shot: "Why did they have to kill him? They didn't need to do that.

    "When we bring my brother's body back, I'm expecting there to be 10 or 12 gunshot wounds in him."

    He said his brother "should never have been able to get through immigration".

    "Someone helped him. He shouldn't have been able to board a plane without any stringent checks," Gulbar said.

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    Never understand this fascination for this convict woman by many Pakistanis , also USA has released even many Taliban leaders after some weak trials or in prisoner exchange , this shows there is something about that women that is not public.

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    A British man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in Texas had been investigated by MI5.

    Malik Faisal Akram, from Blackburn in Lancashire, was the subject of an investigation in late 2020 but by the time he flew to the US he was assessed to be no longer a risk.

    The four people held hostage at the synagogue in Colleyville near Dallas were eventually freed unharmed, after a 10-hour siege.

    Akram, 44, was shot dead by police.

    He had been on the British security service's watchlist as a "subject of interest" in 2020 and was investigated in the second half of that year.

    But by 2021 Akram, who had a criminal record in the UK, had moved from the active list to the former subject of interest list and was no longer considered a threat.

    Two teenagers remain in custody after being arrested in England as part of the investigation into what US President Joe Biden described as "an act of terror", but their ages and genders have not been released.

    The siege began at around 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT) on Saturday, when police were called to the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue.

    Akram gained initial access to the synagogue during the service by claiming to be a homeless man, according to a police source quoted by CBS.

    One hostage was released after six hours, while the other three - including the synagogue's rabbi - escaped several hours later.

    Rabbi Charlie Cytron-White told BBC partner CBS how he and two other hostages were able to get out "without a shot being fired" after he threw a chair at the hostage-taker.

    He said the group had been praying when he heard a click that turned out to be the hostage-taker's gun, beginning an ordeal he described as "terrifying".

    Both Greater Manchester Police and the Metropolitan Police have said they are in contact with the US authorities and Counter Terrorism Policing North West is leading the investigation in the UK.

    Akram is thought to have arrived in the US via New York's JFK International Airport two weeks ago, according to police sources, and he is believed to have bought weapons used in the incident "on the street" after his arrival.

    While he had been considered a subject of interest (SOI) in 2020 he had been downgraded by the time he travelled to the US.

    MI5 investigates around 3,000 SOIs and has about 600 live investigations at any one time.

    But there are also around 40,000 "closed" SOIs - those who have been looked into previously - and the security service only investigates SOIs when it believes the individual may pose a threat.

    During the standoff Akram was heard demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is serving an 86-year prison sentence in nearby Fort Worth, Texas, over attempts to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan.

    Siddiqui has distanced herself from his actions, issuing a statement through a lawyer.

    On Monday, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said she had offered "the full support" of the UK police and security services to her US counterpart.

    Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has described the incident as an "act of terrorism and anti-Semitism", a view echoed by the Muslim Council of Britain, which called it a hate crime and expressed its solidarity with the Jewish community.

    Akram's brother Gulbar confirmed his death in a now deleted statement carried on the Blackburn Muslim Community's Facebook page. He apologised to the victims and said his brother had been suffering from mental health issues.

    Friends of Akram in Blackburn said his mental health had been getting worse and expressed surprise that he had been able to travel to the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Local.Dada View Post
    It says he got radicalized in Blackburn,UK. When did Blackburn become Syria/Afghanistan?

    You should ask the owners of Blackburn Rovers FC. I believe they are the Venky's a family business of chicken farmers from India, as they are close to your area, they would have better insight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post

    However in this case , its clear he was a patsy. UK intel sent him to US, who then aided him to get weapon, attack the site. A mental person cannot also be a genius criminal who evaded MI5, Mossad and CIA. I know this is hard for some to accept.
    Too complex to be true.

    If such a bonkers plan was fomented by the CIA they would use an American citizen, because a foreign national would add levels of unpredictability and therefore risk of an international incident. Far too many agencies (Home Office, MI5, MI6, US Customs, CIA, local PD, FBI) for such a plan to be controllable.

    Easy as pie to get a gun in the USA. Just walk into a car boot sale.

    Cocq-up theory more likely: British intelligence services didnít take him seriously enough to block his passport. Thatís all.

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