In a shocking incident from Texas, United States, Gunmen had entered a Jewish synagogue and had taken hostages during the Facebook Livestream of the service on Saturday Morning. At the attack, at least four hostages, including Rabbi, were within the Colleyville Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue.
All four hostages detained at the Texas synagogue were rescued on Saturday night, more than 10 hours after the standoffs began. The hostages held at the Beth Israeli congregation in Colleyville were released during the standoffs on Saturday. The FBI’s hostage rescue team attacked the synagogue to remove three hostages. One hostage was released unharmed after 6 hours—the other three left around 9 pm. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the release of the hostages on Saturday night. He said, “The prayers have been answered. All hostages are alive and safe outside.”
An FBI spokesperson near the site of Beth Israel said there were no known persistent threats to the Jewish community concerning the hostage situation. According to the FBI, the attackers asked about specific issues and did not threaten the entire Jewish community.
The hostage reportedly told authorities that he wanted to release Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqi from federal prison. Siddiqi, 49, was convicted of the 2010 murder of a US military officer in Afghanistan and is being held at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.
According to the Justice Department, Siddiqi was “detained [in 2008] by Afghan authorities, who recovered many items from her, including handwritten notes mentioning ‘genocide attacks’ and listing various locations in the United States. Plum Island, Empire Including the State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge.“ The Justice Department said Siddiqi was imprisoned behind curtains in an unprotected manner. Siddiqi grabbed a US Army officer’s rifle and fired at an interrogation team member, injuring an FBI agent and another US Army officer.
Police are trying to determine if he and Siddiqui are involved, but the motive for the synagogue attack is still unknown.
US President Joe Biden said, “In the next few days, we will learn more about the motives of hostage criminals in this country.”
The audio of the first hostage case was recorded in the morning Sabbath service that Synagogue live-streamed on Facebook.
Dallas FBI Special Agent Matthew DeSarno told reporters that police have identified the hostage but are not ready to release them. Local police later confirmed the success of the rescue. Police officers secured the attacker’s death. However, it was unclear whether law enforcement killed him or committed suicide.