Once again America has experienced an international terrorist attack from a member of Islam.
The mainstream media, and for a few days the FBI, have done their best since Saturday to push a narrative that the attack on a Jewish Temple in Colleyville, TX had nothing to do with the Temple worshipper’s religion.
The British terrorist who was shot dead after taking hostages at a Texas synagogue had spent the week before in a Christian homeless shelter and bought his gun ‘off the street’ nearby.
Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Lancashire, staged the attack near Dallas and held the rabbi and three others hostage while demanding the release of a convicted terrorist known as Lady Al Qaeda so they could die together.
Aafia Siddiqui, the ‘Lady Al Qaeda’ terrorist who planned chemical attacks on Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge
Akram is understood to have landed in New York on January 2, most likely on a flight from Manchester, and was granted legal entry to the US, despite having a criminal record.
The address he gave on his arrival papers appears to be the same as the Queen’s Hotel in New York City, which offers basic accommodation for $80-a-night.
The British Muslim crossed the country, likely by internal flight, next appearing at a Texan Christian charity asking for a bed for the night.
He stayed at the Union Gospel Mission in Dallas the week before the terror attack and was able to buy a handgun ‘off the street’.
The shelter’s CEO Bruce Butler told CNN that staff saw him ‘come and go’ from January 6 – but he never mentioned religion or his plans to attack the synagogue.
Mr. Butler said: ‘We were a way station for him. He had a plan. He was very quiet’, adding he left for the final time on January 13.
Police are trying to piece together what he did in the final 48 hours before launching the attack around 22 miles away from Union Gospel Mission on the morning of Saturday, January 15.
He entered the synagogue around 11 am on Saturday morning as a service was live-streamed online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He spewed anti-Semitic abuse and demanded the release of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqu, whom he referred to as his ‘sister’.
The location of the attack is significant because she is being held in jail about 20 miles from Colleyville, at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth.
After agreeing to release one of his hostages, two more hostages were seen running out of a side door, chased by Akram waving a handgun. He saw armed police inside and ran back in.
Soon afterward the FBI rescue team stormed the building – firing bullets and throwing stun grenades. Akram died in a hail of bullets at around 10 pm on Saturday night.
A dramatic video shot by a local news crew showed some hostages fleeing out of a door to the synagogue.
They included Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker who was leading the service at the time.
Stacey Silverman, a member of the synagogue, said: ‘The perpetrator was completely deranged, foul-mouthed, swearing, saying anti-Semitic tropes, talking about Israel and Palestine and Islam and that he had a gun.
‘He implied he had a bomb in his backpack and that he could let it loose at any minute. It was horrifying and it went on for a few hours. I was terrified.’
Before the live stream was cut off Akram made the chilling comment: ‘I am going to die today. Are you listening? I am going to die. Ok? So don’t cry over me. Ok, don’t cry over me’.
It is unclear why Akram demanded the release of Siddiqui, who was jailed for 86 years after being arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 for the attempted murder of a US Army captain.
The Pakistani-born neuroscientist was found with two kilos of poison sodium cyanide and plans for chemical attacks on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. A lawyer representing the woman’s brother denied he was involved and said he had no idea why she was being mentioned.
It is inexcusable in 2022, that an International terrorist with a criminal record could plan, enter our nation, and execute a terrorists act.
Sure the only person who died was the terrorists, but with his success in getting into a position to kill hostages, the higher ranks of their network now know what steps were taken, allowing them to plan their next attack on our land and free and home of the brave.
Written By: Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show.