Remaining hostages from Texas synagogue rescued, hostage-taker killed

Remaining hostages from Texas synagogue rescued, hostage-taker killed

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12:16 AM
Biden says “we will stand against anti-Semitism and against the rise of extremism in this country”

President Biden said in a statement that he is “grateful to the tireless work of law enforcement at all levels who acted cooperatively and fearlessly to rescue the hostages.”

“But let me be clear to anyone who intends to spread hate — we will stand against anti-Semitism and against the rise of extremism in this country,” Mr. Biden added. “That is who we are, and tonight, the men and women of law enforcement made us all proud.”

 

11:24 PM
Hostage-taker “deceased,” police say

The hostage-taker is “deceased,” police said at a press conference Saturday night. They did not identify the suspect. The FBI referred to the rescue operation that left the hostage-taker dead as a “shooting incident.”

 

10:57 PM
All hostages are “out alive and safe,” Texas governor says

The remaining three hostages have been rescued, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The condition of the hostage-taker was not immediately made clear.

“All hostages are out alive and safe,” Abbott tweeted at 10:33 p.m. ET.

 

10:18 PM
Situation remains “ongoing,” police say

The hostage situation was still ongoing as of 9 p.m. local time, police said.

No further updates were given.

 

9:00 PM
CAIR-Houston condems hostage-taker, says he is not related to Aafia Siddiqui

The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) condemned the hostage situation in a statement on Saturday. 

“This antisemitic attack against a house of worship is unacceptable,” CAIR-Houston board chair John Floyd said. “We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community, and we pray that law enforcement authorities are able to swiftly free the hostages and bring them to safety.”

Floyd also said that, contrary to prior reports, the hostage-taker is not the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, claiming he is “not even in the same region where this horrible incident is taking place.”

“We want the hostage-taker to know that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and her family strongly condemn this act and do not stand by you,” added Floyd, who was described by CAIR-Houston as “long-time legal counsel for the brother of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.” “Dr. Aafia’s family has always stood firm in advocating for the release of their sister from incarceration by legal and non-violent means only.”

 

7:36 PM
One hostage released

One of the hostages has been released, the Colleyville Police Department said in a statement. According to CPD, one uninjured male was released around 5 p.m., local time. A reason for his release was not given.

At least three hostages are believed to still be inside the synagogue. No injuries have been reported as of Saturday night.

 

6:31 PM / January 15, 2022
Police say there are no known injuries

The Colleyville Police Department said Saturday night that hours into the negotiations with the suspect, there are no known injuries. Police said the situation has been ongoing since the department first received a call for service at approximately 10:41 a.m. local time. 

 

5:28 PM / January 15, 2022
Dallas police deploying patrols to nearby synagogues, mayor says

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said police patrols will be deployed to Dallas synagogues and other sites “as a precaution,” adding that officials are working to monitor any additional threats. Police departments in Los Angeles, New York City and D.C. also said they’re increasing police presence around local synagogues based on the situation in Texas. 

As a precaution, @DallasPD is deploying additional patrols to Dallas synagogues and other sites. Police are working with the Jewish Federation and our local, state, and federal partners to monitor any concerns or threats based on the situation in Colleyville.

— Mayor Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) January 15, 2022

 

5:16 PM / January 15, 2022
President Biden has been briefed on the situation

President Biden has been briefed on the situation, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki said senior members of Mr. Biden’s national security team are in contact with federal law enforcement leadership. 

.@POTUS has been briefed about the developing hostage situation in the Dallas area. He will continue to receive updates from his senior team as the situation develops.  Senior members of the national security team are also in touch with federal law enforcement leadership.

— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 15, 2022

 

5:04 PM / January 15, 2022
Israel’s prime minister says he’s “closely monitoring” the situation

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he is “closely monitoring” the situation.

“We pray for the safety of the hostages and rescuers,” he said. 

I am closely monitoring the hostage situation taking place in Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.

We pray for the safety of the hostages and rescuers.

— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) January 15, 2022

 

5:01 PM / January 15, 2022
Homeland Security Secretary briefed on incident

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been briefed on the incident. The department is deferring questions about the situation to the FBI.

 

4:45 PM / January 15, 2022
One of the hostages is believed to be a rabbi

One of the four hostages is believed to be a rabbi, a law enforcement source confirmed to CBS News’ Pat Milton. The identity of the other hostages is not yet clear.

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