An FBI Hostage Rescue Team stormed a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas final night time to free three remaining hostages of a gunman who had disrupted a spiritual service and started a standoff with police greater than ten hours earlier.
All the hostages had been safely launched and the gunman was useless, Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller stated at a information convention.
The gunman had initially taken 4 individuals hostage, together with the rabbi, on the Congregation Beth Israel, officers stated. One hostage was launched unhurt six hours later.
Local reporters stated they heard the sound of explosions, probably flash bangs, and the sound of gunfire shortly earlier than Texas Governor Greg Abbott introduced the disaster was over.
"Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and safe," Mr Abbott stated on Twitter. The FBI stated they’ve confirmed the id of the gunman however stated they’d not but disclose it.The FBI declined to verify the reason for his dying, saying it was nonetheless beneath investigation.
The Colleyville Police Department stated it first responded to the synagogue with SWAT groups in response to emergency calls starting at about 10.41am throughout the Shabbat service, which was being broadcast on-line.
FBI negotiators quickly opened contact with the person, who stated he wished to communicate to a lady held in a federal jail.
No accidents had been reported among the many hostages.
In the primary few hours, the person may very well be heard having a one-sided dialog in what appeared to be a telephone name throughout a Facebook livestream of the service of the Reform Jewish synagogue in Colleyville, which is about 26km northeast of Fort Worth.
Before the livestream was ended, the person may very well be heard ranting and speaking about faith and his sister, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The man may very well be heard repeatedly saying he didn’t need to see anybody harm and that he believed he was going to die, the newspaper stated.
US President Joe Biden was briefed on the disaster, and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated Twitter he was praying for the protection of the hostages.
Barry Klompus, a member of the congregation because it opened in 1999, stated he tuned into the livestream.
"It was horrible listening and watching," Mr Klompus stated in a phone interview.
A US official briefed on the matter advised ABC News the hostage-taker had claimed to be the brother of Pakistanin euroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who’s serving an 86-year US jail sentence for her 2010 conviction for capturing at troopers and FBI brokers, and that he’s demanding she be freed.
Siddiqui is being held at a federal jail within the Fort Worth space. A lawyer representing Siddiqui, Marwa Elbially, advised CNN in an announcement the person was not Siddiqui's brother. He implored the person to release the hostages, saying Siddiqui's household condemned his "heinous" actions.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a US Muslim advocacy group, condemned the person's actions.
"This latest antisemitic attack on Jewish Americans worshipping at a synagogue is an act of pure evil," CAIR stated in an announcement.
Mr Klompus stated he didn’t know of any important earlier threats to the congregation.
"We don't have a security officer on staff but we have what I would say is a very good relationship with the local police," he stated.
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