British Police Detain 2 Suspects in Connection With Texas Synagogue Attack
British police have arrested two teenagers connected to the Saturday hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue.
“As part of the ongoing investigation into the attack that took place at a Synagogue in Texas on 15 January 2022, Officers from the Counter Terror Policing North West have made two arrests in relation to the incident,” the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Twitter Sunday.
“Two teenagers were detained in South Manchester this evening,” the statement continued. “They remain in custody for questioning.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) told CNN on Sunday that “the FBI has now fanned their investigation out to London and Tel Aviv” and that it had “turned into an international investigation.”
“So there’s something more here,” he said. “We haven’t seen one of these radicalized attacks in a few years now, and it is disturbing to see it raise its ugly head again.”
British police also strongly hinted that more arrests might be forthcoming.
“CTP North West and CTP International operations continues to assist the investigation being led by the US authorities, and police forces in the region are liaising with local communities to put in place any measures to provide further reassurance,” the statement concluded.
The news comes after Malik Faisal, a 44-year-old Muslim and British national, was identified as the individual responsible for the hostage taking incident over the weekend.
Four people, including a rabbi, were held hostage for nearly 12 hours inside the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, near Dallas.
The hostages were rescued without injury. The suspect was shot dead by police.
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker described as traumatic.
“In the last hour of our hostage crisis, the gunman became increasingly belligerent and threatening,” Cytron-Walker said in a statement. “Without the instruction we received, we would not have been prepared to act and flee when the situation presented itself.”