Police Identify Texas Synagogue Hostage Taker

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The suspect who held a rabbi and his congregants hostage at a Texas synagogue was identified Sunday as a British citizen, as witnesses recalled watching the terrifying situation play out on a Facebook livestream.

Hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram, 44, was shot dead after the last of the four hostages was released from the 10-hour standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville on Saturday night, the FBI said.

“The FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) will continue processing evidence at the synagogue,” the agency said. “At this time, there is no indication that other individuals are involved.”

A UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday, “We are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Akram took four people captive, including Congregation Beth Israel Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, during a Shabbat morning service around 11 a.m. Saturday, cops said.

A Facebook live stream of the services captured him ranting in a British accent and demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al Qaeda who is locked up at a federal prison in Texas.

British national Malik Faisal Akram

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