Two men arrested in Manchester after Lancashire gunman takes four people hostage at Texas synagogue

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into an attack on a Texas synagogue, which saw a Lancashire gunman take four people hostage.

By Sean Gleaves
Wednesday, 26th January 2022, 9:26 am

Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn, Lancashire, was shot dead by the FBI after a 10-hour standoff in the US on January 15.

Two men were arrested in Manchester on Wednesday (January 26) "as part of the local investigation".

Police were also given more time to question two people held in Birmingham and Manchester on January 20.

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Two men were arrested in Manchester as part of an investigation into an attack on a Texas synagogue

Greater Manchester Police said officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West were continuing their investigation and working closely with US law enforcement.

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The siege began at around 11am (4pm GMT) when police were called to the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, near Dallas.

Akram had entered the place of worship during a morning service by pretending to be homeless, before pulling out a gun.

Malik Faisal Akram, from Blackburn, was shot dead by the FBI after a 10-hour standoff

One hostage was released after six hours, while the other three - including the synagogue's rabbi - escaped several hours later.

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