Status: 01/17/2022 08:35 a.m
British police arrested two teenagers after taking hostages at a Texas synagogue. A Briton took control of the rabbi and three other people on Saturday. The hostage-taker was killed.
British police have arrested two suspects in an investigation into the synagogue hostage-taking in Texas. They are teenagers who have been taken into custody for questioning, said Manchester Region Police. Anti-terrorist police arrested her in the south of the northern English city of Manchester, police said on Twitter. Further details were not known.
Biden: “act of terrorism”
The hostage-taking in the city of Colleyville near Dallas took place on Saturday. The perpetrator, whom the police identified as a 44-year-old Briton, took four hostages – including the rabbi – during a service in the synagogue in the morning and holed up with them. After hours of negotiations with the man, special forces broke into the synagogue and brought the hostages to safety unharmed. The perpetrator died – the police left it open how exactly. US President Joe Biden and the British Foreign Office described the act as an “act of terrorism”.
Family wanted to persuade him to give up
In Great Britain, a brother of the hostage-taker spoke up. The family is distancing itself from the crime and apologizes to those affected, the brother wrote on the Facebook page of the Muslim community in the northern English city of Blackburn. The kidnapper was mentally ill. The family spent the time during the hostage-taking at Blackburn police station. There she was in contact with the FBI and the hostage-taker, but could not dissuade him from his crime.
US media reported, citing investigators, that the kidnappers wanted to free Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist imprisoned in Texas. In 2010, the native Pakistani was sentenced to 86 years in prison for attempted murder of US security forces. Siddiqui, nicknamed “Lady Kaida,” is being held in a high-security prison near Fort Worth, just 12 miles from the synagogue.
Michael McCaul, Republican representative from Texas, told CNN that he thinks this theory is very likely: “This is a disturbing case that shows that unfortunately anti-Semitism is doing well. I think they chose this synagogue because ‘Lady Kaida’ sitting here in prison.”
With information from Julia Kastein, ARD Studio Washington