Texas Hostages: In Texas, America, on Saturday, a man who took people hostage during prayer at a place of worship of Jews was killed by the police. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said all those held hostage were out and safe. Earlier yesterday, the person did not take the people present there hostage and also did ‘livestreaming’ of the incident. The man was demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist. A Pakistani neuroscientist has been convicted of killing US military officers in Afghanistan and is lodged in a Texas prison.
Yesterday a hostage was released
At least four hostages were initially estimated to be in the place of worship. An official said that the man claimed to be in possession of the weapon but the officials did not confirm it. The Collieville Police Department said one of the hostages had been released without harm after 5 p.m. Saturday. The man is believed to have gone to his family and did not require medical care.
Authorities are still trying to determine the motive for the attack, officials said, adding that the hostage-taker was heard demanding the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Afiya Siddiqui, who was suspected of having links to al-Qaeda and was in Afghanistan. Was convicted of trying to kill US military officers in custody. According to officials, the man also said that he wanted to talk to Afia. Afia Siddiqui is lodged in a federal prison in Texas.
People were evacuated from the surrounding areas
The police first reached the place of worship around 11 am and soon after that people were evacuated from the surrounding areas. Chaumont said no one was reported injured. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Saturday evening that President Joe Biden has been informed.
Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist with degrees from Brandeis University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was sentenced to 86 years in prison in 2010. He is accused of assaulting and shooting US military officers after being detained in Afghanistan two years ago.
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