Texas synagogue hostages latest – Colleyville suspect ‘demands call with terrorist Aafia Siddiqui’ after taking captives

MULTIPLE hostages are being held at a synagogue at gunpoint near Fort Worth, Texas, by a suspect who demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui.

Previous reporting identified the suspect in the hostage scenario as Dr. Aafia Siddiquis brother, Mohammad Siddiqui, after references to Aafia and the word “sister” were heard in a recording from inside the synagogue.

Aafia Siddiqui is currently serving an 86-year sentence, after being convicted in 2010 of attempting to murder American citizens.

However, community members have said that Mohammad Siddiqui is not the suspect. Law enforcement has also not confirmed the suspect’s identity.

The hostages are trapped at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue.

According to reports, a suspect is demanding to speak with his sister on the phone amid the ongoing hostage situation.

A man’s voice is heard talking, and at times yelling profanities, in the ongoing live stream.

It is unclear how many people may be in the synagogue and if there are any injuries.

Read our synagogue hostage siege live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Local community refutes Muhammad Siddiqui identification

    Though Aafia Siddiqui was mentioned by the suspect, authorities have not confirmed that one of her family members is connected to the Colleyville hostage scenario.

    Journalist Sana Saeed said that local community members refuted the claim by some news outlets that Mohammad Siddiqui is the suspect.

  • Attack began during livestream

    According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the attack on the Colleyville synagogue began while services were being livestreamed on Facebook.

    The live recording reportedly captured muffled audio of what might have been negotiations with police.

    No video footage of the events inside the synagogue was streamed, but speech from the suspect was audible, as well as the sound of a different voice apparently on the phone with police.

  • President Biden has been briefed on situation

    Jen Psaki tweeted that President Biden is monitoring the situation in Colleyville.

    “He will continue to receive updates from his senior team as the situation develops,” Psaki stated.

    “Senior members of the national security team are also in touch with federal law enforcement leadership.”

  • Authorities investigating connection to Aafia Siddiqui

    The man who took hostages at the Coleyville synagogue has called for the release of Aafia Siddiqui from prison.

    NBC News Correspondent Tom Winter said that authorities are “trying to determine IF the man is related to Siddiqui.”

    Winter said that while the suspect has been named as her brother, Muhammad Siddiqui, that is “far from confirmed at this point, officials say.”

  • Israeli prime minister speaks out

    The Prime Minister of Israel has spoken out about the hostage situation.

    “I am closely monitoring the hostage situation taking place in Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas,” Naftali Bennett tweeted.

    “We pray for the safety of the hostages and rescuers.”

  • No injuries reported at this time

    A Colleyville PD spokeswoman, Sgt. Dara Nelson, told local outlet WFAA that no one has been injured inside of Congregation Beth Israel.

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