Saturday, January 15, 2022

Brother Of 'Lady Al Qaeda' Aafia Siddiqui Holding Jews Hostage At Beth Israel Synagogue In Colleyville, Texas

'Lady Al Qaeda' Aafia Siddiqui

Aafia Siddique, a Pakistani national educated in the United States, was detained in Afghanistan in 2008. She was sent to a U.S. military base where, according to the Bush administration, she attempted to murder several U.S. military officers in an attempted escape. Siddique was wounded in her escape attempt, but she survived and was quickly transported to New York in September 2008 for trial. She was convicted of attempted murder in 2010 and sentenced to serve 86 years. Siddique is currently being held at the Federal Medical Center in Carswell, TX, a Federal prison for inmates with special health needs. Source

Officials negotiating with man reportedly holding people hostage at a Colleyville, Texas, synagogue during services 

A man stormed into a Texas synagogue on the Sabbath and is holding hostages, telling a SWAT team, 'If anyone tries to enter this building, I’m telling you…everyone will die.' The unknown assailant took the hostages at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville during a religious service around 11.30am, which was being live-streamed. The live-stream cut off shortly before 2pm local time. Before the livestream cut off, the unknown assailant can be heard saying, 'I'm going to die. Don't cry about me' Colleyville, Texas, police are conducting SWAT operations and locals are being told to evacuate the area. State police are also assisting the scene as authorities set up by a nearby middle school, according to WFAA. The school is around the corner from the synagogue. The live-stream cut off shortly before 2pm local time, where the man can be heard saying: 'I'm going to die.' According to Star-Telegram reporter Jessika Harkay, he was overheard saying: 'I'm going to die, are you listening? I'm going to die doing this alright? Are you listening? I'm going to die. Don't cry about me.' It is unclear who he was saying this too. He reportedly also ranted about religion in between saying that he's 'going to die,' as well as made vague references to weapons and ammunition. It is unknown if there are any injuries or fatalities at this moment. Social media users have been offering prayers for Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, but his condition and location is unknown.  Source

One demand - to release sister:

Hostage negotiators are locked in a tense standoff at a Texas synagogue where a man is demanding that a convicted terrorist be released from prison  

Hostage negotiators were locked in a tense standoff Saturday at a Texas synagogue where a man apparently demanding the release of a convicted terrorist had reportedly taken a rabbi and several others captive, police and media said. US President Joe Biden has been briefed "on the developing hostage situation" in Colleyville, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Dallas, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Twitter. ABC News, citing an unidentified source, said the suspect had taken a rabbi and at least three others hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel. The network reported that the hostage-taker was armed and had claimed to have bombs in unknown locations. Quoting a US official briefed on the matter, ABC reported the man was claiming to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui -- who has been dubbed "Lady Qaeda" by US tabloids -- and was demanding to have his sister freed from prison. Source

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