May 16, 2022 6:42 pm

Two Manchester teenagers arrested in connection with Texas synagogue attack

Correspondent in London



Two teenagers were arrested Sunday night in Manchester, England, for their alleged involvement in the hostage-taking incident at a Texas synagogue last Saturday in which the kidnapper, the British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44, he was shot to death after a confrontation with police.

Manchester police confirmed the arrest of both young people, whose sex and age were not disclosed, and explained that they are collaborating closely with the investigation that in the United States is in charge of the FBI.

The four hostages, including the rabbi of the synagogue, were unharmed in the incident, which British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss described as a “terrorist” and “anti-Semitic” act.

“We support the United States in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate,” the minister wrote on her Twitter account.

The kidnapper, a resident of the English town of Blackburn, arrived in the United States a couple of weeks ago, according to the FBI, through New York’s JFK airport. His brother explained in a post on his Facebook account that the man had mental health problems.

“As a family, we do not condone any of his actions and would like to sincerely apologize to all of the victims involved in the unfortunate incident,” he wrote, adding, “We would also like to add that any attack on any human being, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim, etc, is wrong and should always be condemned.”

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