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Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage taker

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Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage taker

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A Briton who held four hostages at a Texas synagogue has spoken out against Jews and American wars in countries like Afghanistan as his brother pleads with him to give up and free the captives

LONDON — A Briton who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue spoke out against Jews and American wars in countries like Afghanistan as his brother pleaded with him to give up and release the captives, a recording shows. the conversation.

The expletive-filled recording, posted on The Jewish Chronicle’s website, points to the motivation of Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who said he was ‘bombed’ and equipped with ‘all ammunition’ as he spoke to his brother Saturday from inside. Congregation Beth Israel in Coleyville, Texas.

Gulbar Akram desperately tried to get his brother to lay down his arms and return alive to his children.

“You don’t need to do this. Why do you do that ? Gulbar told his brother. “Just pack up. You’ll need some time and then you’ll be out.”

“Those guys you got there, they’re innocent people, man,” he said.

In response, Malik Faisal Akram became increasingly agitated and said he hoped US authorities would notice the Jewish hostages and agree to his request for the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist convicted of attempting to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. Akram said he had prayed for the attack for two years, was ready to become a martyr, and that his children should not cry at his funeral.

“I promised my brother when I saw him on his deathbed that I would be a martyr,” he said at one point. One of his younger brothers, who contracted COVID-19, died a few months ago.

“I came to die G, okay? said the hostage taker to his brother. “I prayed to Allah for two years for this…I’m coming back in a body bag.”

Saturday’s 10 a.m. standoff at suburban Dallas synagogue ended with the death of Malik Faisal Akram. The four hostages were released unharmed.

The Chronicle said the recording was part of a longer 11.5-minute recording obtained from a “security source”. The Associated Press was unable to independently confirm the authenticity of the recording, but experts believe it is authentic. .

Meanwhile, British police announced on Thursday that they had arrested two people in connection with the hostage taking.

North West Counter Terrorism Police said a man was arrested in Birmingham, central England, and another in the northern English city of Manchester on Thursday. They are being held for questioning and have not yet been charged.

Police did not release details of the two people arrested on Thursday. British police are not releasing the names and details of detainees until they are charged.

Counter-terrorism police in England said they continued to support US authorities in their investigation.

Malik Faisal Akram was from Blackburn, an industrial town in the northwest of England. His family said he suffered from “mental health issues”.

He entered the United States on a tourist visa about two weeks earlier and spent time in Dallas-area homeless shelters before the synagogue attack.

The FBI called the incident “a terrorism-related case” targeting the Jewish community.

British media, including the Guardian and the BBC, reported that Akram had been investigated by the domestic intelligence service MI5 as a possible “terrorist threat” in 2020, but authorities concluded that he did not posed no danger and the investigation was closed.

The White House said Tuesday that Akram was checked against US law enforcement databases before entering the country, but raised no red flags.

Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage taker

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