Texas rabbi: Captor grew ‘belligerent’ late in standoff


A rabbi who was amongst 4 folks held hostage at a Texas synagogue mentioned on January 16 that the British man who held them captive turned “more and more belligerent and threatening” towards the tip of the 10-hour standoff.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker of Congregation Beth Israel, close to Fort Value, credited safety coaching that his congregation has acquired through the years for serving to him and the opposite hostages get by way of the state of affairs. He mentioned in a press release that with out that instruction, “we might not have been ready to behave and flee when the state of affairs introduced itself”.

Authorities on Sunday recognized the hostage-taker as a 44-year-old British nationwide, Malik Faisal Akram. He was killed after the final three hostages ran from the constructing and an FBI SWAT crew stormed it at round 9 p.m. on January 15. Authorities haven’t mentioned whether or not Akram was killed by a member of the crew.

The FBI mentioned there was no indication that anybody else was concerned, nevertheless it didn’t present a attainable motive.

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