January 27, 2023

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Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester for allegedly taking hostages at a synagogue in Texas.

Chapel attacked in Texas (Brandon Bell / Getty Images via AFP)

Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester, In the north of the UK, as part of research Hostages at a Texas synagogue (USA) Last Saturday, the British Police announced on Monday.

The teenagers are in custody after the British Malik Faisal Akram44 years old, He was identified as being held responsible for being held hostage. The teacher lost his life after being shot by police in an attack that lasted several hours.

The so-called Greater Manchester Police said Officers from the North West UK Terrorism Prevention Unit arrested two youths, Whose age or identities were not provided.

Akram, Originally from Blackburn in the north of England, was arrested two weeks ago by John F. Kennedy in New York. Kennedy had arrived at the international airport. According to U.S. law enforcement, he purchased a firearm used in the synagogue.

During several hours of talks with US agents, Akram called for the release of Pakistani scientist Afia Siddiqui, Is serving an 86-year prison sentence in Texas for attempting to kill U.S. soldiers and agents detained in Afghanistan.

REUTERS / Shelby Tauber
REUTERS / Shelby Tauber

Akram took over Four hostagesIncluding the venerable local rabbi, Charlie Citron-Walker, Everyone He was released unharmed Saturday night, Seeks relief in the United States, where the Jewish community and Pitts renewed calls to combat anti-Semitism.

A man who identified himself as Gulbar, Akram’s brother. In a Facebook post, he said the suspect was suffering from a mental health problem.

“As a family we want to say that we do not condone any of their actions and that we sincerely apologize to all the victims of the tragic incident.”Gulber posted on the Facebook page of the Muslim community in Blackburn.

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Sunday, US President Joe Biden He declined to speculate on the motive, but confirmed reports that the kidnapper had tried to free a Pakistani neuroscientist, Siddiqui. “Lady Al-Qaeda”.

Attack on President Biden a "Act of terrorism"  (REUTERS / Joshua Roberts)
President Biden called the attack an “act of terrorism” (REUTERS / Joshua Roberts)

“This is a terrorist act” “It seems to have insisted on the release of someone who has been in prison for more than 10 years,” Biden told reporters during a visit to a hunger relief organization in Philadelphia.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss also condemned Sunday’s hostage-taking “Terrorism and Anti-Semitism”.

Siddique, The first woman suspected by the United States of having links with al-Qaeda and A. Celebrate in Pakistan and South Asian jihadi circlesHe was arrested in 2008 in Afghanistan.

The attacker is believed to have demanded the release of Afia Siddiqui
The attacker is believed to have demanded the release of Afia Siddiqui

Two years later, he was sentenced by a New York court to 86 years in prison for plotting to assassinate US officials in Afghanistan.

She is being held at a prison in Fort Worth, Texas, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the synagogue where Akram was attacked.

Thus said Siddiqui’s lawyer She had “absolutely no involvement” with the hostages and condemned her.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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