Malik Faisal Akram, the British citizen who was killed Saturday night after allegedly taking four people hostage inside a synagogue in Texas, spoke “repeatedly” about a convicted terrorist during law enforcement negotiations, according to an FBI statement, which Fox News has got.
The statement, released late Sunday, does not identify the terrorist, who is serving an 86-year prison sentence in the United States for terrorism charges, but may shed new light on a possible motive.
Akram could be heard on a Facebook livestream demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having links to Al Qaeda, who was convicted of attempting to kill US army officers in Afghanistan.
“This is a terrorism-related case in which the Jewish community was affected and it is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force,” the statement read.
The Associated Press pointed out that Siddiqui is serving his sentence in Fort Worth. Colleyville is about 15 miles northeast of town.
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The hostage crisis erupted in the Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday, ending around 1 p.m. 21. Police did not say who shot Akram, saying the incident was under investigation.
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The investigation extended to England, where police in Manchester announced late Sunday that two teenagers had been remanded in custody in connection with the showdown.
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Greater Manchester Police tweeted that counter-terrorism officers had made the arrests, but did not say whether the couple faced any charges.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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