UK anti-terror police make 2 more arrests in Texas synagogue hostage probe; 4 total in custody

Four of the six arrested are still in custody.

UK TERROR POLICE ARREST TWO MORE PEOPLE IN TEXAS SYNAGOGUE HOSTAGE PROBE 

British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44, took four people hostage at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, on Jan. 15. The nearly 11-hour standoff ended with the remaining three hostages running out safely and the alleged gunman shot and killed when FBI agents stormed the building. 

He was heard on the synagogue’s Facebook livestream demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, also known as “Lady Al Qaeda,” a Pakistani national imprisoned in Fort Worth for allegedly trying to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Two teenagers were detained in South Manchester the day after the Texas incident, but both were later released without charges after three nights in custody. Reports said they were Akram’s sons. 

Two other men were arrested Jan. 20 in Birmingham and Manchester. On Jan. 21, U.K. anti-terrorism officers “were granted an extension of custody to continue to question them further,” Greater Manchester Police said at the time. 

Counter Terrorism Policing North West said Wednesday it is “working closely” with U.S. law enforcement.

The FBI has said Akram, from the town of Blackburn in Lancashire, England, was a “terrorist espousing an anti-Semitic world view” and described the incident as “both a hate crime and an act of terrorism.”