A man who claims to be the brother of ‘Lady Al Qaeda’, a high profile terrorist who is serving an 86 year prison sentence for trying to kill US military personnel, is holding four hostages in a Texas synagogue. The man has not been identified by name at this time, but posted a livestream this afternoon and is still in an ongoing standoff with Colleyville police, who have deployed a SWAT team near the synagogue. In the livestream, he can be heard repeating that he is ‘going to die’. The Daily Mail Reports–
“A man claiming to be the brother of the convicted terrorist known as Lady Al Qaeda stormed a Texas synagogue on the Sabbath and is holding hostages, telling a SWAT team, ‘If anyone tries to enter this building, I’m telling you… everyone will die.’
The unknown assailant took the hostages at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville during religious services around 11.30am, which were being live-streamed.
The live-stream cut off shortly before 2pm local time.
Before the livestream cut off, the unknown assailant can be heard saying, ‘I’m going to die. Don’t cry about me’
‘Are you listening? I am going to die,’ he repeated over and over.
The suspect claims his sister ”Lady Al Qaeda’ Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in New York for trying to kill US military personnel and is serving an 86-year sentence, according to Aaron Katersky of ABC News.
Aafia Siddiqui, who was a biology major at MIT, said in 1993 that she wanted to do ‘something to help our Muslim brothers and sisters’ even if it meant breaking the law. She moved to Texas to be near her brother, who is an architect.
She has been reportedly serving time in a nearby prison since her conviction in 2010.
The man is claiming to have bombs in unknown locations, but what extent the assailant is armed, is unknown.”
The unknown assailant can be heard saying ‘On this day I will die’ on the now removed Facebook livestream of the synagogue service before it cuts out. WATCH:
Texas Synagogue Hostage Drama livestreamed online, feed cut.
Unverified claims suggest a gunman was ready to release 4 people before going to an outside area & allegedly saying, "on this day I will die" – as the livestream of the synagogue service cut out. pic.twitter.com/a879zXNWWi
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