UK condemns “act of terrorism” at synagogue in Texas and shows support for the US government

the minister of UK foreign affairsLiz Truss on Sunday called the kidnapping that took place over the weekend at a synagogue in Texas as an “act of terrorism and anti-Semitism”.

My thoughts are with the Jewish community and all those affected by this heinous act in Texas. We condemn this act of terrorism and anti-Semitism,” the foreign minister said on Twitter.

“We stand with the United States in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate,” he added.

London’s ambassador to the United States, Karen Pierce, declared on Twitter that the British authorities gave “full support to the security forces of Texas and the United States”.

Scotland Yard confirmed that UK counterterrorism police officers “were in contact with US authorities and with their colleagues in the FBI.”

The FBI reported this Sunday that the man who died after taking four people hostage this weekend at a synagogue in Texas, in the southern United States, was a 44-year-old British citizen named Malik Faisal Akram.

The anti-terrorist police of the northwest of England, which participates in the investigation initiated by the US authorities, confirmed the identity of the man and specified in a statement that he was originally from the Blackburn region in Lancashire (north of England).

On the Facebook page of the Blackburn Muslim community, a man who introduced himself as Faisal Akram’s brother claimed that he had been killed “by gunshot” and was “suffering from mental health problems”.

“There was nothing we could have said or done to convince him to turn himself in,” said the man, who claimed to have been “in contact with Faisal, the negotiators and the FBI until early morning.”

The man, who signed his post on the social network with the name Gulbar, said the family’s priority was to repatriate Faisal Akram’s remains to the UK. “Although we have been warned that this could take weeks,” he said.