Six arrests have been made so far in Manchester in connection with Texas synagogue terrorist, it has been reported.
On 15th January, 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram from Blackburn entered Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas during Sabbath services, making threats against the congregation and holding them hostage, demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence in Texas.
In comments that could be heard on a live stream of the synagogue service that was cut off during the incident, Mr Akram could be heard speaking in a northern English accent and claiming that he had a bomb and that he would not leave the synagogue alive.
In a statement released earlier today, Counter Terrorism Policing North West said: “Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West are continuing with their investigation following the events in Texas, they are working closely with and are supporting US law enforcement.
“As part of the local investigation, two men have been arrested this morning in Manchester. They remain in custody for questioning. We continue to work closely with colleagues from other forces.
“Communities defeat terrorism, and the help and support we get from the public is a vital part of that.”