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In a profanity-laden phone call, Malik’s brother Faisal Akram urged the 42-year-old to turn himself in as he held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue on Saturday.

The chilling phone call, obtained and published by the Jewish Chronicle on Wednesday evening, captures the last conversation between Akram and his brother, Gulbar Akram, who spoke to him from a police station in Blackburn.

During the call, the shooter tells his brother that he has four people hostage and has been surrounded by police. Among a number of anti-Semitic remarks, he claims to have “promised“his younger brother “on his deathbed” what he would do “come down as a martyr.”

It is understood that one of their younger brothers died of Covid-19 three months ago.

“Don’t cry at my funeral. ‘Cause guess what, I came to die, G, okay? » he said to Gulbar.

In the barely coherent rant, during which Akram’s mental state appears to be declining, he castigates US foreign policy and the country’s intervention in Afghanistan, saying, “I’m setting a precedent.”

He says he believes his terrorism will “[open] the gates for every youngster in England to come to America and f**k with them.

Despite Gulbar’s pleas, Akram says he was “praying to Allah for two years for this”, and that “I’d rather live one day as a lion than 100 years as a jackal.”

Dismissing his brother’s protests, he descends further in his rant and repeatedly refers to convicted Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, imprisoned near Fort Worth. He seems to suggest that Siddiqui could be brought to him and they could die together, referring to his 86-year prison sentence.

Arrests in the United Kingdom for taking hostages in a Texas synagogue

“They will never take another wife from a Muslim” he adds.

Gulbar later told Sky News that Akram was on the phone with his two teenagers when he was killed by an FBI SWAT team 10 hours after the clash began.

The four hostages are unharmed.

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