The authorities have identified the Muslim gunman who was shot to death after taking four hostages in a scenic 10-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue. The gunman is identified as Malik Faisal Akram, a 40-year-old man. It has been coming forward that four people were held captive by the British national in the early hours of Saturday, January 15, 2022. The four people were taken hostage at Congregation Beth Israel, located in Colleyvillelle. The matter happened as they were demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist.
As per reports, Aafia Siddiqui had been charged and then imprisoned for her attempts to kill Army Officers from the US in Afghanistan. Let us tell you that the standoff ended several hours later, precisely at 9 PM, as an FBI SWAT team managed to storm the synagogue and shot Akram dead. After the man was killed, all the four people, including Charlie Cytron-Walker and the congregation’s rabbi, walked out safely. It is pretty relieving that none of the hostages was harmed, and they were saved by the SWAT team who shot the 40-year-old man.
Who Is Malik Faisal Akram?
However, it has not been disclosed why Akram even targeted synagogue in the first place. President Joe Biden went on to call the incident “an act of terror” and announced that he would only be spending several days in the United States. It also came forward that the president slept in a homeless shelter in the country when he had stayed there for the first night. According to the Daily Beast, Biden also added that he bought the gun, which was further used in the attack on the street.
Later, on Sunday, January 16uary morning, Blackburn Muslim Community released an official statement from the brother of Akram. Akram’s brother stated that his brother is mentally unstable and that his family has been trying to help him get better. He added that his whole family would like to apologize on his behalf and apologize to all the victims from the bottom of their hearts.
Talking about Malik Faisal Akram, he is a British citizen staying in Blackburn. It has also come forward that he has criminal records, and the public is shocked at how he was allowed in the country despite having a criminal history. Akram’s brother admitted Akram kidnapping the victims. We do not have much further information about Akram at this moment.