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FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno of the Dallas Field Office on Sunday confirmed the identity of the Colleyville, Texas hostage taker as British Citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44.

Update: All Four Hostages at Congregation Beth Israel Are Free


The terrorist’s identity was reported earlier as Muhammad Siddiqui. He had claimed to be the brother of a convicted Muslim terrorist serving an 86-year sentence in a Texas prison. That claim was later debunked when an attorney for the incarcerated terrorist’s real brother set the record straight.

The FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) said it would continue processing evidence at the synagogue.

“At this time, there is no indication that other individuals are involved. The FBI’s North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force (NTJTTF), which includes member agencies from across the region, will continue to follow investigative leads,” the FBI said in a statement.

“An FBI Shooting Incident Review Team (SIRT) will conduct a thorough, factual, and objective investigation of the events.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.