Hostage-takers in Texas were known to British intelligence


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A 44-year-old had taken four hostages in a synagogue in Texas, all of whom were released unharmed © Christoph Hardt / IMAGO

According to British media, the kidnapper in a synagogue in the US state of Texas was known to the British secret service.

According to British media, the kidnapper in a synagogue in the US state of Texas was known to the British secret service. MI5 was keeping an eye on the Blackburn man in 2020, the BBC and the PA news agency reported on Tuesday. At the time he left for the United States, the 44-year-old was no longer observed and was no longer classified as a danger. It is still unclear how the convicted man was able to fly to the United States, the reports said.

The Briton was killed by the FBI in the act on Saturday in a synagogue in Colleyville near Dallas. His four hostages were released unharmed. Two teenagers are still in custody in the UK in connection with the case.

Malik Faisal A. was classified by MI5 as a “subject of interest” (SOI) in 2020, the BBC and PA reported. In 2021 he was downgraded. His family was “completely devastated” in a now-deleted statement quoted by the BBC. Malik Faisal A. had mental problems. British Home Secretary Priti Patel said in Parliament on Monday that the protection of Jewish institutions in the United Kingdom would be increased in response to the attack. (dpa)


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