Hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram of the Texas Synagogue had ‘mental health issues,’ ‘said Brother

The brother of the British man who took a rabbi and three congregations hostage in a Texas synagogue before he was shot and killed questioned how he was able to travel to the United States – and said his siblings ” suffering from mental health problems. “

Malik Faisal Akram, 44, held the victims captive on Saturday while demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist with alleged links to al-Qaeda, who is serving time in a federal prison in Texas, authorities said.

Akram was fatally shot by an FBI team after all four hostages were released safely from the synagogue.

The hostage – taker’s brother, Gulbar, demanded more information on how he was “allowed to get a visa and acquire a gun,” It was reported by the Manchester Evening News.

“He is known to the police. He has a criminal record,” he told Sky News.

Gulbar said his family spent hours talking to his brother on Saturday in an effort to end the incident peacefully.

“Salaam family and friends, it is with great sadness that I will confirm that my brother Faisal died in Texas, USA this morning,” Gulbar said in a statement posted on the Blackburn Muslim Community Facebook page.

Malik Faisal Akram, 44, (pictured) was shot and killed by the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team after holding four hostages for more than 10 hours in the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.
Malik Faisal Akram, 44, (pictured) was shot and killed by the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team after holding four hostages for more than 10 hours in the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.

“We are completely shattered as a family. We can not say much now that there is an ongoing FBI investigation,” he wrote.

“We would like to say that we as a family do not tolerate any of his actions and would like to sincerely apologize to all the victims involved in the unfortunate incident,” Gulbar wrote.

Law enforcement teams perform near Congregation Beth Israel while conducting SWAT operations.
Law enforcement teams perform near Congregation Beth Israel while conducting SWAT operations.
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“Sitting in the incident room last night at Greenbank until the early hours and was in contact with Faisal, the dealers, the FBI, etc., and even though my brother was suffering from mental health issues, we were sure he would not harm the hostages,” he wrote. .

“Around 03.00 the first person was released, and an hour later he released the other 3 people through the fire door unharmed. Did not believe in the bull – in the media they were released from the fire exit and not rescued,” Gulbar continued.

‘A few minutes later a firefight took place and he was shot and killed. “There was nothing we could have said or done that would have convinced him to surrender,” he wrote.

Malik Faisal Akram var "known to the police," according to his brother.
Malik Faisal Akram was “known to the police,” according to his brother.

“The FBI is due to fly to the UK later today, so we do not have much else to share at the moment. It is clear that our priority will be to get him back to the UK for his funeral prayer, although we have been warned that it may take weeks, ”Gulbar added.

U.S. authorities believe that Akram arrived at JFK Airport in New York about two weeks ago with a visa and bought a gun he used during a Sabbath morning service at the Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, It reported ITV.

SWAT team members broadcast near Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.
SWAT team members broadcast near Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.
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On Sunday, President Joe Biden said he believed Akram had “got the weapons on the street,” adding that he bought them after landing in New York City.

The president said Akram is also believed to have “spent the first night in a homeless shelter.”

Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller addresses journalists in a nearby parking lot after the end of a SWAT operation at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue.
Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller addresses journalists in a nearby parking lot after the end of a SWAT operation at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue.
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Biden declared the hostage situation a “terrorist act” but said authorities “just do not have enough facts” to determine why Akram targeted the synagogue.

Two teenagers in the UK were arrested late Sunday by Greater Manchester Police and were questioned by investigators in connection with the incident, although it was not immediately clear what connection they had to it.

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