A male hostage just released, uninjured. He is now safe with family, according to Fox News. It sounds like law enforcement is having successful negotiations.
The local police department has issued this statement:
There are still no reported injures in the ongoing incident.
Editor’s note [12:58 p.m. EST, 1/16/21]: The hostage-taker has been identified by the FBI, in a statement released this morning. Despite his claims that he was the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, he is actually a 44-year-old British national named Malik Faisal Akram.
There’s a hostage situation happening at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, that may be terrorist-related. Colleyville is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Reports are that there are four hostages inside the synagogue, including the rabbi and three others. The suspect is believed to be armed. He also claims to have bombs cached in unknown locations. Part of the incident was caught on a live stream from the temple. The FBI and the Colleyville SWAT team have responded around midday.
While some networks are holding off on releasing the suspect’s name, ABC has identified him as Muhammad Siddiqui. The suspect’s sister is a known terrorist, Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in New York of trying to kill US military personnel. She is incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth, and he reportedly is demanding that she be freed. Authorities are allegedly talking with him now to see if they can resolve the situation.
Local residents in the area around the synagogue have been evacuated.
As this is a breaking story, RedState will provide further updates as they become available.
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