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Man Holding Hostages At Synagogue Apparently Wants His Terrorist Sister Released From Federal Prison

The suspect, who is currently holding numerous people hostage inside a Texas synagogue, has apparently made this demands: He wants his convicted sister, nicknamed “Lady al Qaeda,” to be released from an 86-year sentence that she has been serving since 2010.

ABC News reported that the suspect is claiming to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a notorious terrorist who is incarcerated at nearby Carswell Air Force Base. Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in federal prison in 2010 for conspiring to kill U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. The suspect is reportedly demanding Siddiqui’s freedom.

The suspect has told police he is armed, including having bombs. He has also stated that he doesn’t want to kill anyone, and that he has six children.

Police confirm that none of the hostages have been injured, and we can only hope that holds true until this situation is over.

The synagogue was live-streaming at the time of the incident, and the suspect can be heard talking in the background on the stream. That section of the video can be viewed below.

This is a developing story.

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