Gunman Who Took Synagogue Hostages Was ‘British Who Demanded Lady Al-Qaeda’s Release’

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A gunman shot dead after taking four hostages at a US synagogue was British, authorities believe.

The terrifying attack in Colleyville, Texas, was inadvertently broadcast by the place of worship that livestreamed its service on Saturday.

The anonymous British citizen on Facebook could be heard demanding to speak to convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiquid.

The hostages were freed by a SWAT team who killed the hostage taker after a 12-hour assault on the temple in which he warned: “If anyone tries to enter this building, I tell them…everyone will die.”

The FBI is now deep in conversation with the Metropolitan Police as they investigate the Briton’s background.

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A spokesman for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said it is “aware of the death of a British man in Texas and is in contact with local authorities”.

The video shows people running out of the synagogue door, and then a man with a gun opening the same door seconds later, before turning around and closing the door.

Moments later, several rounds of gunfire are heard, followed by an explosion.

State Governor Greg Abbott said all worshipers were safe after an FBI hostage rescue team stormed the building.

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Law enforcement officials earlier said the hijacker demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of al-Qaeda ties.

He also said he wanted to be able to talk to her, according to officials.

Law enforcement officials earlier said the hijacker demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of al-Qaeda ties.

He also said he wanted to be able to talk to her, according to officials.

Local reporters said they heard the sound of explosions, possibly flashbangs, and the sound of gunfire shortly before Governor Abbott announced the crisis was over.

FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno spoke to the press after the raid (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

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“Answered prayers. All hostages are alive and safe,” Abbott said on Twitter.

Information about the man who had taken them hostage was not immediately available.

The Colleyville Police Department said it first responded to the synagogue with SWAT teams in response to emergency calls that began around 10:41 a.m. during the Shabbat service, which was being streamed online.

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