Free all the hostages of a synagogue in Texas, USA | News
The people held hostage for more than 10 hours in a synagogue in Texas, United States (USA), were released on Saturday night and are safe and sound, official sources reported.
Confirm kidnapping perpetrated by armed man in Texas, USA
Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on his Twitter social network account: “Prayers answered. All hostages are alive and well.”
The police of the Texas town of Colleyville, where the hostage-taking episode took place, reported for their part that the kidnapper was dead, and that for the time being his identity will remain confidential.
All hostages are out alive and safe.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX)
January 16, 2022
“The hostage rescue team broke into the synagogue,” Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller told a news conference, adding: “The suspect is dead.”
Shortly before Governor Abbott’s statement, local media reported an explosion followed by gunshots at the Beth Israel congregation, where a man took about four people hostage on Saturday morning.
Update at 9:55pm: The SWAT situation in Colleyville is resolved and all hostages are safe. We continue to work in partnership with the FBI to finalize all details. We will be addressing the media staging area at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 10:15pm with an update.
— Colleyville Police (@ColleyvillePD)
January 16, 2022
A few hours before the operation carried out by the special tactics team (SWAT), one person had been released unharmed.
ABC News reported, citing a high-ranking official, that the kidnapper claimed to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a woman serving an 86-year prison sentence for attempted murder, and demanded her release.