Muhammad Siddiqui is alleged to be a synagogue hostage-taker in Colleyville, Texas, who stormed into religious services and was recorded on Facebook live praising religion and dying, according to ABC News. He claims to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a woman once called “Lady al Qaeda: The World’s Most Wanted Woman” of Foreign Policy.
As of 3pm central time on January 15, 2022, the stalemate is still ongoing and the FBI has stepped in. ABC News reported that “armed suspects claiming to have planted bombs in unspecified locations have taken a rabbi and three others hostage.” He demanded that his sister be released in a live stream.
The suspect’s name is sometimes given as Mohammed Siddiqui.
“The hostage-taker is Muhammad Siddiqui and claims to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui. He is demanding her freedom from her 86-year prison sentence, “ABC News reports” Aaron Katersky on Twitter. However, ABC News reported in its story that while the suspect claims to be Aafia Siddiqui’s brother, authorities are working to confirm his identity.
Who is Aafia Siddiqui?
Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani citizen and US-trained neuroscientist who is believed to be part of an al-Qaeda cell in Pakistan. She is currently serving an 86-year sentence in a US federal prison for assaulting US federal agents, employees and citizens during a 2008 interrogation in Afghanistan. The Pakistani government lobbied for her release while al-Qaeda and other extremist groups repeatedly demanded Siddiqui’s release in exchange for hostages.
The hostage situation took place during religious services at the Beth Israel Congregation synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.
The Facebook live video abruptly ended just before 2pm Central Time and was removed from Facebook, but before that Heavy had listened to some of the videos. However, you can watch some videos later in this article. Heavy recorded more than eight minutes of it. Live video captioned, “CBI Shabbat Morning Service.”
No injuries at this time. CNN reported.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Suspect says, ‘I hope I don’t have to shoot anyone,’ in live video
The synagogue describes itself this way on its Facebook page, “A vibrant Reformed Jewish Congregation is committed to providing lifelong opportunities for spiritual growth and learning based on Jewish values. CBI was established on July 18, 1999.”
Jessika Harkey, reporter for Fort Worth Star-Telegram, wrote on Twitter, “At the scene in Colleyville where a local synagogue is being held hostage. Beth Israel Congregation, located at 6100 Pleasant Run Rd., was in the process of service when a gunman entered. A live stream of the service is still taking place during this situation. “
Live streaming video on the church’s Facebook page captured a man talking. “I will die” and “I have lived on these feet for 14 days,” he said at various points of the live video.
The video has the sound of the man singing for a long time, but it doesn’t show a video image of what’s going on inside the synagogue.
“I hope I don’t have to shoot anyone,” he said at another point, as hundreds of Facebook users listened online. He also said, “At this point, we have no casualties.” He also talks about prayer.
People listening to the live stream wrote comments about the series, including:
“He wanted to talk to his sister to say goodbye. They have to delay this.”
“Please report the video.”
Soon after, the video was taken down.
CNN reported that the FBI was at the scene. “FBI negotiators are people who have contact with people in the building,” Colleyville Police Sergeant Dara Nelson told CNN, adding that “there is no threat to the public.”
2. Aafia Siddiqui accused of having ties to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
A 2008 newsletter from the United States Department of Justice released the indictment of Aafia Siddiqui.
She was charged with “conspiracy to murder and assault US citizens and officers and employees,” the news release said. The indictment was filed in Manhattan federal court. It alleges:
On July 18, 2008, a group of American soldiers and law enforcement officers, along with others assisting them, attempted to interview Aafia Siddiqui in Ghazni, Afghanistan, where she had been detained by local police. a day before. The US interview team included, among others: three US Army officers and employees; two officers and employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and two US Army contract interpreters.
The Siddiqui interview will take place at an Afghan police compound in Ghazni. In a second-floor conference room at the compound – where Siddiqui is being held, unknowing, unsecured US interview teams, behind a curtain – Siddiqui obtained one of the M-4 rifles of a U.S. Army officer and attempted to shoot it, and fired it, at another U.S. Army officer and other members of the U.S. interview team. Siddiqui repeatedly made clear his intentions and desires to kill Americans.
Siddiqui then attacked one of the US Army interpreters, when he tried to take an M-4 rifle from her. Siddiqui then attacked one of the FBI agents and one of the US Army officers, when they tried to subdue her.
On the day before, July 17, 2008, when Siddiqui was arrested by Afghan authorities, several items were in her possession, including handwritten notes referring to a ‘fatal attack. series’ and lists various locations in the United States, including Plum Island, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Other notes in Siddiqui’s property mention making ‘dirty bombs’ and discuss various ways to attack the “enemy”, including by destroying reconnaissance drones, using Use underwater bombs and use gliders. Siddiqui also possessed a computer hard drive containing correspondence referring to specific ‘cells’, ‘attacks’ by certain ‘cells’ and ‘enemies’. Other documents on recruitment and training.
At the time, the indictment said that Aafia Siddiqui was “a 36-year-old Pakistani woman” who “residered in the United States from 1991 to June 2002, and obtained degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University. Siddiqui returned to the United States on December 25, 2002, and departed on January 2, 2003″.
The release says:
Siddiqui is charged in the Indictment with: (1) one count of attempted murder of a United States citizen outside the United States; (2) one count of attempted murder of United States officers and employees; (3) certain armed attacks by officers and employees of the United States; (4) a single use and carry of a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime; and (5) three counts of assaulting U.S. officers and employees.
She was later found guilty.
According to Counter Extremes, “on February 3, 2010, After a two-week trial in New York City, Siddiqui was convicted of all charges against her. She has never been charged with terrorism-related charges. Thousands of people protested across Pakistan following her conviction. That September, Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in prison.
The website reports that Siddiqui’s imprisonment has made her a “superstar” among terrorist groups and in Pakistan.
Foreign Policy Report that Aafia “is known in counterterrorism circles as the “Lady al Qaeda”, is linked to 9/11 leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and was once on the United States’ most wanted terrorist list. FBI.”
Foreign Policy explains about Aafia:
Siddiqui was arrested in 2008 in Afghanistan with sodium cyanide, as well as documents describing how to make chemical weapons and dirty bombs, and how to weaponize Ebola. When FBI and military officials tried to question Siddiqui, she grabbed a weapon left on a table in her interrogation room and shot them.
3. Aafia’s brother worked in Houston, Texas, Architect
A 2006 Boston Journal article confirms that Aafia has an older brother named Mohammed, although the article uses a different spelling for the first name.
You can hear him talking here.
The article said that the brothers’ father was also named Mohammad Siddiqui, and he was a doctor with three children with his housewife wife.
The article states that “Mohammed, Aafia’s brother, is an architect who lives in Houston with his wife, a pediatrician, and their children.” The third sibling, an older sister named Fowzia, was “a Harvard-trained neuroscientist” who eventually returned to Pakistan.
The Boston article states that Aafia moved to Texas in 1990 “to be near her brother” and spent a year at the University of Houston before transferring to MIT.
4. Police confirm they are ‘conducting SWAT operation’
Colleyville police have not released much information.
Colleyville Police wrote on Twitter, “We are currently conducting SWAT operations around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd. All residents in the nearby area are being evacuated. Please avoid that area”.
Police added, “UPDATE 1/15/22, 1:20 PM The situation at block 6100 of the Pleasure Run previously posted is still ongoing. We ask that you continue to avoid this area. We will continue to provide updates via social media.”
According to Star-Telegram, Police are negotiating with the man, who has yet to be identified.
5. Rabbi among hostages, reports say
The rabbi of the congregation is Charlie Cytron-Walker. A biography for rabbis on the synagogue’s website states that “Charlie Cytron-Walker has been a rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, TX since 2006. He was CBI’s first full-time rabbi .”
Rabbi Charlie was originally from Lansing, Michigan and he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998. Among other college experiences, he spent 48 hours on the street as a homeless man and danced for over 24 hours as part of a Dance Marathon. After graduating, Chaplain Charlie worked at Focus: HOPE, a civil rights and civil rights organization in Detroit, Michigan, and later became assistant director of the Amherst Survival Center, which has a pantry restaurants, free shops and soup kitchens in North Amherst, Massachusetts.
Rabbi Charlie attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Religious Institute at the Jerusalem and Cincinnati campuses, receiving rabbinic ordination in 2006 and a Master’s degree in Hebrew correspondence in 2005. His Hebrew is titled, “Jewish Service-Study: Integrating Talmud Torah and Ma” asim Tovim”. As a student, he served congregations in Ishpeming, MI, Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Cincinnati, OH. During his time at HUC-JIR, he has received numerous awards for community service, along with a leadership award from QESHET: A Network of LGBT Reform Rabbis.
He was married with two daughters.
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