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The Colleyville Police Department of the United States (USA) reported this Saturday that an armed man took hostages in the local Beth Israel Congregation, for which the special tactics team (SWAT) and the Texas Department of Public Safety, develop a police operation.
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According to the authorities, so far the number of kidnapped is unknown; but no injuries or fatalities are reported, and the evacuation of people living in the area continues, although there is no threat to the neighborhood yet.
“We are currently running SWAT operations around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd, FBI negotiators are the ones in contact with the individual in the building, we ask that you continue to avoid the area,” Colleyville Police Sgt. Dara Nelson said. .
UPDATE 1/15/22, 1:20 PM The situation at the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road posted about earlier remains ongoing. We ask that you continue to avoid the area. We will continue to provide updates via social media.
— Colleyville Police (@ColleyvillePD)
January 15, 2022
During the kidnapping, one of the cameras, active during the synagogue service, recorded the perpetrator while he carried out the action, and repeated several times that he had to say goodbye to his sister.
For its part, the American Jewish Committee stressed its concern and despair for the hostages imprisoned within the religious board, also stated that they will be attentive for the next 24 hours to know every detail regarding the development of the events.
Please join me in prayer for the safety of Rabbi Charlie and all the congregants at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville.
— Craig Goldman (@GoldmanCraig)
January 15, 2022
It should be noted that the congregation, Beth Israel was founded on July 18, 1999, in order to provide believers of this faith with spiritual growth and learning of Jewish values.