Teens in UK Arrested in Connection With Texas Synagogue Siege as FBI Names Identifies Hostage Taker

Police in the United Kingdom arrested two teenagers on Jan. 16 in connection with the hostage-taking incident at a synagogue in Texas, United States.

The Great Manchester Police said in a statement that officers detained two teenagers who remain in custody for questioning as part of the ongoing investigation into the Texas Synagogue siege on Jan. 15.

The police did not reveal the genders and the specific ages of the teenagers.

The arrests came as the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified the hostage-taker as 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram from Blackburn, Lancashire.

According to U.S. police sources, Akram arrived in the country two weeks ago via the JFK International Airport in New York.

An FBI Hostage Rescue Team killed Akram after an hours-long standoff with police in Colleyville.

Akram took four people hostage, including the rabbi, inside the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue and demanded the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is suspected to have ties with terrorist group Al-Qaeda.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Houston claimed that Akram “has nothing to do with Dr. Aafia, her family, or the global campaign to get justice for Dr. Aafia.”

“We want the assailant to know that his actions are wicked and directly undermine those of us who are seeking justice for Dr. Aafia,” CAIR-Houston Board Chair John Floyd said in a statement, calling the attack “anti-Semitic” and “unacceptable.”

In a statement, Akram’s brother Gulbar said family members had liaised with him during the siege but “there was nothing we could have said to him or done that would have convinced him to surrender.”

Gulbar also said that Akram was “suffering from mental health issues.”

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