Saturday 21 May 2022

Hostages freed in Texas synagogue standoff, suspect dead

All four people taken hostage in a more than 10-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue have been freed unharmed, police said late Saturday, and their suspected captor is dead.

The hostage siege in the small Texas town of Colleyville -- in which the suspect was apparently demanding the release of a convicted -- had sparked an outpouring of concern from US Jewish organizations as well as from the Israeli cabinet.


Colleyville police chief Michael Miller told a news conference that a "rescue team breached the synagogue" Saturday evening and rescued the three remaining hostages being held inside. A first hostage had been released unharmed a few hours earlier.


"The suspect is deceased," Miller told reporters.

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