44-year-old British national identified by FBI as hostage-taker suspect who was killed during standoff at Texas synagogue

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A Texas state trooper blocks traffic on a road leading to a Colleyville, Texas, synagogue where a man apparently took hostages, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.Associated Press/Jake Bleiberg

Authorities on Sunday identified the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas over the weekend.

The FBI identified the 44-year-old British national, Malik Faisal Akram, as the suspect who over Congregation Beth Israel on Saturday morning, the agency confirmed with Fox News.

"The FBI's Evidence Response Team (ERT) will continue processing evidence at the synagogue. At this time, there is no indication that other individuals are involved," FBI Dallas told the outlet in a statement. "The FBI's North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force (NTJTTF), which includes member agencies from across the region, will continue to follow investigative leads. An FBI Shooting Incident Review Team (SIRT) will conduct a thorough, factual, and objective investigation of the events."

On Sunday the United Kingdom's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said they are aware of the situation and "are in contact with the local authorities," according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The suspect had entered the synagogue just before 11 a.m. Saturday as the synagogue was live-streaming a morning service via Facebook and Zoom, authorities said. He then took four hostages — one of whom was released shortly after 5 p.m. He could also be heard saying "I will die" before the service ended, Fox News reported.

Authorities announced on Saturday evening that the hostage-taker was killed after a 10 hour-long standoff. All four hostages were uninjured. Authorities did not release details about the nature of the hostage-taker's death.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno said that the man was focused on an issue that is not linked to the Jewish community, AP reported. During the hostage situation, the suspect reportedly demanded the release of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, dubbed "Lady Al-Qaeda." Siddiqui, who is incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base in Texas, is serving an 86 year sentence after being convicted for attempting to kill a US soldier in 2010.

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