A hostage situation is still developing this afternoon in a Jewish Synagogue in Texas.
Here are the breaking alerts:
Early reports claim it is a Muslim who’s sister is a captured ISIS terrorist:
for y’all’s information, suspect is a muslim man demanding the release of his sister who is an isis terrorist. he has the rabbi and 3 other people held hostage. the livestream was taken down by facebook along with posts relating to the situation.
— ົཽ⁺˳✧kae (@mutilatedlip) January 15, 2022
— Adir Krafman (@adirkrafman) January 15, 2022
From the Star-Telegram:
A source on the scene told ABC News that an armed suspect took a rabbi and three others hostage and claims to have bombs in unknown locations.
The source told ABC that the suspect’s sister is a known terrorist who is incarcerated at Federal Medical Center Carswell, a women’s prison in Fort Worth, and he is demanding that his sister be freed from prison. According to ABC, the FBI is trying to confirm that the hostage taker’s sister is Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman who is imprisoned on charges related to the attempted murder and assault of United States officers and employees in Afghanistan in 2008. Aafia Siddiqui was transferred to FMC Carswell for medical reasons and is serving an 86-year sentence.
The Pakistani government lodged a complaint against U.S. authorities after she reported she was assaulted by another inmate in July. Aafia Siddiqui told her attorney she was attacked in her cell on July 30, the Dallas-Fort Worth sector of the Council on American-Islamic Relations previously told the Star-Telegram.
Another woman reportedly smashed a coffee mug with scalding hot liquid into Siddiqui’s face. After the attack, Siddiqui was taken out of her cell in a wheelchair and then forced into solitary confinement, CAIR Executive Director Faizan Syed has said. U.S. authorities say Siddiqui is a dangerous terrorist with ties to the ringleader of 9/11.
Counter-terrorism groups have dubbed her “Lady al-Qaeda,” and U.S. officials once described her as “the most wanted woman in the world.” The U.S. government has refused to trade her for American hostages multiple times, including for journalist James Foley prior to his execution by ISIS.
And from the J-Post:
A rabbi and three others were taken hostage during a Bar Mitzvah celebration at the reform Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday.
According to multiple news outlets, the gunman said he was Muhammad Siddiqui, brother of Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year prison sentence for killing an FBI agent. The FBI, however, said that they were not able to confirm his identity.
The gunman demanded to meet with his sister in negotiations with the FBI as well as have her released.
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Colleyville Police first warned the public of the situation at 11:30 a.m. local time. Another tweet two hours later updated that the hostage situation was still in progress.
An armed gunman in Colleyville, Texas is currently holding a synagogue hostage. Those being held hostage went to synagogue today to observe and celebrate Sabbath. However, due to antisemitic, their lives are now at risk. Please don’t let this go unnoticed.https://t.co/NtootqHwr1
— T ✡︎ טוביה 🇵🇸 (@jewish_activist) January 15, 2022
And from WFAA:
Law enforcement agencies have responded to a hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.
SWAT officers with the Colleyville Police Department, as well as officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety and FBI, are on the scene at the Jewish synagogue, located on the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road near Tinker Road and State Highway 121.
The call to Colleyville police came at 10:41 a.m. on Saturday. FBI officers have since taken the lead of the investigation and its operations.
Colleyville PD spokeswoman Sgt. Dara Nelson confirmed to WFAA that no one has been injured inside of Congregation Beth Israel at this time.
A White House official has also confirmed that the White House is “closely monitoring” the hostage situation.
On Saturday morning, as SWAT officers responded to the hostage situation inside of the synagogue, police began evacuating residents near the immediate area of the scene within the Dallas suburb.
The Colleyville Police Department first publicly tweeted about the situation shortly after 11:30 a.m. They continue to ask that people avoid the area.
The situation was still active at 3 p.m., and officers were still on scene.
A Facebook livestream from the Congregation Beth Israel had as many as 8,000 viewers before it was cut shortly before 2 p.m. The fixed-camera shot showed the pulpit of the synagogue, and the faint voice of a man could be heard in the background. The footage did not show any other activity within the building.
Watch live SWAT footage here: