BREAKING: Hostage situation in Texas Synagogue, All hostages safe and released
UPDATE: Jan 15th, 11 pm EST: As per the tweet by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, all hostages held in the Congregation Beth Israel are out and safe. No further details were provided
Jan 15th, 9 pm EST
Police in the US state of Texas is tacking a hostage situation in a Synagogue, where one man has taken at least four people hostage. It is still not known if he is armed or what the motive is behind this hostage situation.
White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki said on Twitter, President Joe Biden "has been briefed about the developing hostage situation in the Dallas area”.
One of the people who has been held hostage was released uninjured around 6 p.m. ET. Currently, FBI crisis negotiators are trying to contact the suspect to neutralize the situation.
According to some reports by CNN, the suspect may have been motivated by a desire to free Aafia Siddiqui. She was convicted in 2010 on seven charges, including attempted murder and armed assault on US officers in Afghanistan. The attorney who currently represents Siddiqui said “she has absolutely no involvement with” the taking of hostages in Texas.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted about the release of one of the four people who were taken hostages at a Colleyville synagogue. "Prayers are being answered. One of the hostages in the synagogue has been released uninjured. 3 more to go.”