All of the hostages at the Taxes Synagogue have been released and are safe.

 All of the hostages at the Taxes Synagogue have been released and are safe.

All of the hostages at the Taxes Synagogue have been released and are safe.


Authorities say a guy kidnapped people during services at a Texas synagogue, and the suspect could be heard raving on a livestream before the feed cut out.

SWAT operations were being conducted at the address of Congregation Beth Israel, northeast of Fort Worth, according to the Colleyville Police Department.

According to two law enforcement sources who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation, at least four hostages were believed to be inside the synagogue. According to one of the officers, the rabbi of the synagogue was among the hostages.

The matter appears to have been resolved at this time.

The area surrounding Congregation Beth Israel synagogue is cordoned off by police.

Authorities are still attempting to figure out why the attack happened. According to one of the law enforcement authorities, the hostage-taker was heard requesting the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist accused of having ties to al-Qaeda who was convicted of attempting to assassinate US military soldiers while in jail in Afghanistan. Siddiqui is currently incarcerated in a federal prison in Texas.

Investigators have not positively identified the man, according to officials, who also stressed that the information was based on a preliminary inquiry because the situation was still unfolding swiftly.

An FBI SWAT team was also on the scene, according to FBI Dallas spokeswoman Katie Chaumont, and crisis negotiators were in contact with someone inside the synagogue. She couldn’t tell whether the person was armed, and she wouldn’t discuss what the person said officials because of operational concerns.

Around 11 a.m., police were dispatched to the synagogue, and residents were quickly evacuated from the surrounding area, according to Chaumont.

According to Chaumont, no injuries have been reported.

As the neighborhood is evacuated, traffic has been halted.

“It’s a changing scenario,” Chaumont added, “and we have a lot of law enforcement personnel on the scene.”

On Saturday afternoon, law officials closed the roads surrounding the synagogue.

For a period, the services were livestreamed on the synagogue’s Facebook page. During the broadcast, which didn’t show what was going on inside the synagogue, an agitated guy could be heard yelling and arguing about religion, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“You’ve got to do something,” the man remarked shortly before 2 p.m. “I’d rather not see this guy die.” The feed was turned off a few moments later.

According to the Star-Telegram, the man, who used profanities, constantly emphasized his sister, Islam, and that he feared he was going to die.

According to the Associated Press, Texas resident Victoria Francis watched approximately an hour of the broadcast before it was switched off. She claimed she overheard the man ranting against America and claiming to be in possession of a bomb.

At 11 a.m., police were dispatched to the area, hours before the livestream from inside went down.

“He was all over the place.” He was upset, and the more irritated he became, the more threats he made, such as “I’m the person with the bomb.” It’s all on you if you make a mistake.’ She said, “And he’d chuckle at it.” “He was definitely in a lot of pain.”

Francis, who grew up in Colleyville and now resides in Rhome, Texas, tuned in after learning about the hostage situation at the synagogue on Facebook. She stated that it seemed like the man was on the phone with the police department, with the rabbi and another person attempting to assist in the discussions.

When the livestream stopped working, the man became enraged, according to Francis.

“It’s a frightening situation.” “I’m hoping everything finishes in the best possible way, with no one getting hurt,” she remarked. “In this neighborhood, especially, you never know when something like this will touch home until it happens.”

Colleyville is roughly 23 kilometers northeast of Fort Worth and has a population of about 26,000 people.

President Joe Biden has been briefed and was receiving updates from senior authorities, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who tweeted Saturday evening.

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