‘I’m setting a precedent,’ synagogue gunman told brother in final call — Analysis

Malik Faisal Akram’s brother called Malik Faisal Akram to request his surrender after he took four persons hostage at a Texas synagogue on Saturday.

This chilling call was obtained by the Jewish Chronicle and published on Wednesday night. It captures Akram’s last conversation with his brother Gulbar Akram. Gulbar spoke from Blackburn police station.

In the call, the gunman tells his brother that he’s got four people hostage and has been surrounded by police. Among a number of anti-Semitic remarks, he claims to have “promised” his younger brother “on his deathbed”That he would “go down a martyr.”

According to their family, Covid-19 was the cause of death for one of their brothers three months prior. 

“Don’t cry at my funeral. Because guess what, I’ve come to die, G, OK?”Gulbar is told by he. 

In the barely coherent rant, during which Akram’s mental state appears to decline, he blasts American foreign policy and the country’s intervention in Afghanistan, claiming, “I’m setting a precedent.”

He believes that his terrorist act will succeed. “[open] the doors for every youngster in England to enter America and f**k with them.”

Despite Gulbar’s pleas, Akram says he has been “praying to Allah for two years for this,”And that “I’d rather live one day as a lion than 100 years as a jackal.”

Dismissing his brother’s protests, he descends further into his rant and repeatedly references convicted Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, imprisoned in nearby Fort Worth. Siddiqui may be brought before him so they can die together. He refers to her 86-year sentence. 

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“They’ll never take another woman from a Muslim,”He continues. 

Sky News later learned that Gulbar was talking to his teenage children on the phone when Akram was shot and killed by the FBI SWAT Team 10 hours after the start of the standoff.

All four hostages survived.

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