On January 16, 2022, authorities identified the Colleyville synagogue suspect as Malik Faisal Akram.
Akram held four people hostage for more than 12 hours after storming the synagogue during a Shabbat ceremony, eventually freeing the victims after negotiating with police.
Who is Malik Faisal Akram?
Malik Faisal Akram, 44, was named by the FBI as a suspect in the attack on Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, Texas during a trial on the morning of January 15.
Akram, a British citizen, asked to speak to convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui in the middle of the ceremony, which was overheard during a crowd-sourced live stream.
At this point, FBI officials believe Akram acted alone, Star Telegram reported.
According to federal law enforcement, Akram arrived in the US about two weeks ago via JFK International Airport.
The FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) is still processing evidence in the synagogue investigation.
Late on Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that all four were taken out of the synagogue “alive and safe.”
What happened to Malik Faisal Akram?
The FBI confirmed that Akram was shot dead after loud explosions and gunshots rang out inside the building after the last hostages were released around 9 p.m. Saturday.
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What did his family say before the incident?
Statement from Akram’s brother was released by Sky News on Twitter:
“We would like to say that we as a family do not tolerate any of his actions and sincerely apologize to all the victims involved in this unfortunate incident.”
“…even though my brother is suffering from mental health issues, we are confident that he will not harm the hostages.”
“We would also like to add that any attack on any human being whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim etc is wrong and should always be condemned.”
He ended with: “please if you could give us some privacy while we are grieving privately in our home.”
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