Brit shot dead after taking hostages in tense synagogue stand-off named by FBI

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A man who was shot dead by police after taking people hostage inside a synagogue has been named by the FBI as British national Malik Faisal Akram.

The suspect kept members of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, captive for almost 12 hours.

He stormed the temple demanding to speak to convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui who is currently behind bars with a lengthy sentence.

FBI officials say they believe Akram, 44, of Blackburn in Lancashire, acted alone, the Star Telegram has reported.

On Saturday night, it was confirmed all four people were taken out of the building "alive and safe".

The FBI confirmed the man who took the hostages was killed after loud bangs and gunfire were heard inside the building.

The terrifying ordeal was captured on a Facebook livestream, as the temple had begun streaming the service that day before the man stormed in.

Akram was then heard shouting at hostages inside as many as 8,000 listened in on the Facebook stream audio.

The Foreign Office today confirmed the man was British.

The Met Police said count-terror officers were in contact with US authorities and colleagues from the FBI.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported that the suspect's brother, Gulbar, confirmed Akram's death and condemned the hostage situation in a statement.

"It is with great, great sadness I will confirm my brother Faisal passed away in Texas, USA this morning," the statement says.

“We are absolutely devastated as a family. We can’t say much now as [there] is an ongoing FBI investigation.

“We would like to say that we as a family do not condone any of his actions and would like to sincerely apologise wholeheartedly to all the victims involved in the unfortunate incident."

The family continue by saying Akram was "suffering from mental health issues" but they were certain he would not harm the hostages.

They went on to condemn any act of violence based on religion.

"We would also like to add that any attack on any human being be it a Jew, Christian or Muslim is wrong and should always be condemned."

FBI said on Saturday night the suspect seemed "singularly focused on one issue and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community."

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Authorities are still trying to establish the significance of his cries regarding Aafia Siddiqui.

Siddiqui, known as 'Lady Al Qaeda' is currently serving an 86-year sentence in a federal prison near Fort Worth, Texas.

"This was an attack of terror, "President Biden said when quizzed by journalists in Philadelphia on the end of the hostage situation. He said he wanted to "make sure we got the word out to synagogues & other places of worship we're not going to tolerate this."

Biden added: "They did one hell of a job.

"We are focused, in making sure we deal with these kinds of acts. And thank God we have such professional FBI as well as the local cooperation I was told was incredible. It was seamless."

Foreign secretary Liz Truss tweeted: “My thoughts are with the Jewish community and all those affected by the appalling act in Texas. We condemn this act of terrorism and anti-semitism.

“We stand with US in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate.”

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