Colleyville Hostage Update – Malik Faisal Akram identified as man who took Texas synagogue members hostage

The Texas synagogue hostage-taker has been identified as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen.

Akram holds members of Synagogue Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville was detained for nearly 12 hours on Saturday after storming the temple and demanding to speak to convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui.

After the dramatic rescue, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said he was “so grateful to be alive.”

Chaplain Cytron-Walker is one of the hostage and took to Facebook to express gratitude to law enforcement and first responders, as well as thoughts and prayers.

“I am so grateful we made it,” he wrote. “I’m so grateful to be alive.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted that all the hostages had been rescued Saturday night, and were “alive and safe.”

Read our synagogue hostage siege live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Manchester police arrest two teenagers

    Greater Manchester Police have announced they have arrested two teenagers in connection with the Colleyville synagogue attack.

    In a statement, the police department said the teenagers had been detained “as part of an ongoing investigation,” and that the pair remained in custody for questioning.

    The Counter-Terrorism team “continues to support the investigation led by US authorities,” officials said.

  • Facebook removed the live stream?

    No one is seen in front of the camera during the live stream; Only voices are heard.

    A spokesperson for the company Meta later confirmed that Facebook had taken down the video.

  • When did Akram come to America?

    Akram is believed to have flown to the US about two weeks ago via JFK International Airport in New York, according to CBS and BBC. Both outlets cited law enforcement officials.

    The FBI did not officially confirm or deny these reports when asked by The Sun on Sunday evening.

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

  • Clergy by Clergy Cytron-Walker advocates

    Chaplain Charlie Cytron-Walker is from Lansing, Michigan, and previously worked at Focus: HOPE, a civil and human rights organization in Detroit, Michigan.

    He is also the assistant director of the Amherst Survival Center.

    Rabbi graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and also attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Religious Institute.

    He received his clerical ordination in 2006.

    Rabbi Cytron-Walker is the past president of the Southwest Association of Reformed Clergy and serves on the steering committee of Peace Together.

  • Is Rabbi Cytron-Walker married?

    Rabbi Cytron-Walker is married to Adena Cytron-Walker.

    The couple has two daughters.

    According to her LinkedIn profile, Adena served as a team manager at Destination Imagination for nearly seven years.

    She also served as a teacher at Beth Israel Congregation for nine years.

    Adena is co-author of Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning on Social Justice.

    She is said to be the vice president of programs at the Multicultural Alliance, where she coordinates Camp CommUNITY, according to the company. website.

  • Who is Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker?

    Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker is a missionary member at Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, Texas.

    He is the synagogue’s first full-time rabbi since 2006.

  • Rabbi’s Facebook statement, continued

    “I am grateful for my family.

    I am grateful to the CBI Community, the Jewish Community, the Human Community,” continued Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker.

    “I’m grateful that we succeeded.”

    “I’m so grateful to be alive.”

  • Clergy issues Facebook statement

    Chaplain Charlie Cytron-Walker and three other hostages were rescued Saturday night.

    The Clergy released a statement on Facebook early Sunday morning:

    “I am grateful and grateful for

    All prayers and prayers and love and support,

    All law enforcement agencies and first responders interested in us,

    All the security training helped save us. “

  • Statement of the hostage brother, part four

    “A Muslim attack on a Jew or any Jew attacking a Muslim, Christian, Hindu vice versa, etc.”

    “Finally, to all those who have been bombarding us with incessant calls and texts, please for the love of Allah STOP please STOP please show restraint and respect on Such a difficult time for our family, especially after losing our little brother 3 months ago.”

    “Please if you can give us some privacy as we are grieving privately in our home. GULBAR <3"

  • The hostage-taker’s statement, part three

    “Minutes later, a gunfight broke out and he was shot dead. ILWIAR. We couldn’t say anything to him or do anything to convince him to surrender.”

    “The FBI is flying to the UK later today so we don’t have much else to share at the moment. Obviously our priority will be to get him back in the UK to pray for him.” His funeral even though we were warned it could take weeks.”

    “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.”

  • The Hostage Holder’s Statement, part two

    “Sitting in the incident room all night last night at Greenbank until the early hours of contacting Faisal, the negotiators, the FBI, etc. And even though my brother was suffering from mental health issues, we believed him. thought he wouldn’t harm the hostages.”

    “Around 3 a.m. the first person was released, then an hour later he released the other three through the fire door unharmed.”

    “Don’t believe the bull **** in the media that they were released from the exit and not rescued.”

  • Statement on the matter of his brother’s hostage taking

    Faisal Akram’s brother shared a written statement to Sky News:

    “Salaam Family & Friends, I am deeply saddened, 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 because of them[sic] is an ongoing FBI investigation. “

    “We would like to say that we as a family do not offer condolences for any of his actions and sincerely apologize to all the victims involved in this unfortunate incident.”

  • ‘Act of Terror’

    Akram, who was killed when the FBI stormed the building, holding members of Synagogue Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville was held captive for almost 12 hours during a tense standoff on Saturday.

    Biden called the incident an act of terrorism and answered several questions from reporters during a famine relief event in Philadelphia.

    “We don’t have all the facts yet, but it is alleged that he bought a weapon on the street after he landed,” the president said.

  • Suspect revealed

    The man who took hostages inside a synagogue in Texas on Saturday is believed to have been in the US less than a month before he bought a gun on the street.

    British national Malik Faisal Akram, 44, is believed to have purchased the weapon after landing in the country, President Joe Biden said on Sunday. Colleyville Hostage Update – Malik Faisal Akram identified as man who took Texas synagogue members hostage

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