Arrests in UK over Texas synagogue hostage situation — Analysis

Police in Birmingham and Manchester arrested two men on Thursday as the authorities continue their investigation into last week’s Texas synagogue hostage incident. 

“As a result of this ongoing investigation, two men have been arrested this morning in Birmingham and Manchester. These men remain under arrest for further questioning.” Greater Manchester Police said, announcing the development. 

“Officers from Counter-Terror Policing (CTP) North West continue to support US authorities with their investigation into the events in Texas,”It was added. 

Police also encouraged the public to contact them if they have any information, and citizens were urged to do so. “remain vigilant.” 

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These arrests follow a hostage situation that took place in Colleyville (Texas) on Saturday. Malik Faisal Akram (44) was gunned down by officers after breaking into a church service on Saturday. He held hostages people for 10 hours. The four hostages managed to escape unharmed. 

Two teenagers were arrested in the aftermath of the incident and released Tuesday night without being charged. 

Akram, who was from Blackburn in the north of England, was known to MI5, Britain’s internal intelligence service, and had been under investigation for four weeks, according to British media, citing government sources. 

The decision was made that there wasn’t a risk of jihadist terror and that he could travel freely.

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