UK terror police arrest two men after Texas synagogue siege

UK terror police arrest two men from Birmingham and Manchester after British terrorist, 44, was shot dead in Texas synagogue siege

  • Siege at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville ended in gunfire 
  • All four hostages released unharmed and Malik Faisal Akram was shot dead
  • Two teenagers arrested in Manchester released without charge on Tuesday 
  • Two men were arrested in Birmingham and Manchester this morning as part of the probe into the Texas synagogue attack by British hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram.

    The siege at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, near Dallas, ended in gunfire on Saturday night with all four hostages released unharmed. 

    Akram, 44, originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, was shot dead when the FBI entered the building following a ten-hour stand-off. Two teenagers arrested in Manchester following the incident were released without charge on Tuesday.

    British hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram is pictured in Dallas, Texas, on January 2 this year

    British hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram is pictured in Dallas, Texas, on January 2 this year

    SWAT team operations outside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday

    SWAT team operations outside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday

    Greater Manchester Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West issue a statement today

    Greater Manchester Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West issue a statement today

    Greater Manchester Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West said in a joint statement issued at 8am today: ‘Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West continue to support US authorities with their investigation into the events in Texas.

    ‘As a result of this ongoing investigation, two men have been arrested this morning in Birmingham and Manchester. They remain in custody for questioning. CTP North West officers continue to liaise with and support colleagues from other forces.’

    The statement added: ‘Communities Defeat Terrorism, and the help and support we get from the public is a vital part of that.

    ‘So we would urge everyone to remain vigilant, and if you do see anything suspicious then please report it, in confidence, to police via the Anti-terrorist hotline or gov.uk/ACT. It won’t ruin lives, but it may well save them.’