A Texas state trooper blocks traffic on a road leading to a Colleyville, Texas, synagogue where a man apparently took hostages, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Gunman Claiming to Have Bombs Takes Hostages at Texas Synagogue on Heels of Shabbat

The hostage-taker reportedly claimed to be the brother of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, who allegedly had ties to al-Qaeda* and was convicted of the attempted murder of a US soldier in 2010 and sentenced to 86 years in prison. The suspect demanded to have his sister freed.
ABC News reported that an armed suspect claiming to have bombs took a rabbi and three others hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, during Shabbat services on Saturday.
The Colleyville Police Department said on Twitter that it was conducting SWAT operations around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road. The immediate area was being evacuated and residents were advised to stay away from the area.
According to Colleyville Police Sgt. Dara Nelson, no one was injured and there was "no threat to the general public", FBI negotiators have reportedly established contact with the suspect.

According to a live stream of the regular Shabbat service held in the synagogue, which was online for some time before it abruptly stopped, the alleged perpetrator could be heard as being in emotional distress, "talking in circles, asking for his sister".

The man, armed with a currently unidentified weapon, claimed he was going to take his life "at the end of this", with social media reports suggesting he was speaking to someone on the phone.
"I'm going to die, are you listening?", the alleged suspect is heard saying. "I'm going to die doing this, alright? Are you listening? I'm going to die. Don't cry about me".
"You got to do something. I don't want to see this guy dead", he was also heard saying.
The face of the suspect could not be seen in the live stream footage. The authorities have yet to confirm his identity.
The FBI and the state's Department of Public Safety are reportedly involved in the police response.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Congregation Beth Israel began as a chavurah, or small group of Jewish people who congregate for prayer services, in 1998, according to its website. In July 1999, the group founded a synagogue in Colleyville, and services began in 2005 at its current location.
*Al-Qaeda is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other states
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04:49 GMT 16.01.2022
Colleyville Synagogue Hostage-Taker Dead, Police Confirm

"The suspect is deceased," Miller told a news conference late on Saturday, explaining that the FBI rescue team had entered the synagogue in Colleyville and that all the three remaining hostages were rescued unharmed.

03:38 GMT 16.01.2022
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The man released does not require medical attention and will be reunited with his family as soon as possible.
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