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Texas synagogue Hostage crisis : Man calls for release of Pakistani scientist from US prison

Texas [US], January 16: A male hostage has been released on Saturday who was taken as one of many hostages at a synagogue in the town of Colleyville, Dallas.

The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety are negotiating with a man who have taken hostages at a synagogue in the town of Colleyville, Dallas,demanding to free a Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of attempting to kill US officers in Afghanistan.

“Shortly after 5:00 pm, a male hostage was released uninjured. This man will be reunited with his family as soon as possible and he does not require medical attention. FBI Crisis Negotiators continue contact with the subject,” the Colleyville Police Department said in a statement.

A live stream of the Shabbat morning service at the synagogue on Facebook captured audio of a man talking loudly when the incident started

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation believed to be four hostages, including a rabbi, at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, just outside Fort Worth. Several hours into the standoff, Colleyville Police Sgt. Dara Nelson said one hostage had been released.There are no injuries at this time, Nelson said.

“The FBI negotiators are the ones who have contact with the person in the building.” Nelson said. There is “no threat to the general public” at this time, Nelson added.

Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in prison in 2010 by a New York federal judge following a 14-day trial. A jury found her guilty of the attempted murder of US nationals and government employees, as well as assault against US officers and employees.
Siddiqui is currently being held at FMC Carswell, a federal prison in Fort Worth Texas

The Colleyville Police Department said it deployed SWAT teams to Congregation Beth Israel on Saturday and evacuated residents from the area.

On Saturday, at approximately 10:41 am, the Colleyville Police Department received a Call for Service in the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road.


Officers arrived on the scene and observed an emergency situation that warranted evacuation of the surrounding areas end an external perimeter was established.
The Colleyville Police Department is on the scene, along with the FBI’s Dallas Field Office the Texas Department of Public Safety, North Tarrant Regional SWAT Team, and other neighbouring agencies, read the statement.

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