Hostage-taking synagogue gunman was ‘Brit demanding Lady Al-Qaeda’s release’

A gunman shot dead after holding four hostages at a US synagogue was British, authorities believe.

The terrifying attack in Colleyville, Texas was unintentionally broadcast by the place of worship which was live streaming its service on Saturday.

The unnamed British national carrying could be heard on Facebook demanding to speak to convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiquid.

Hostages were freed by a SWAT team who killed the captive-taker after a 12 hour assault on the temple in which he warned:"If anyone tries to enter this building, I'm telling you…everyone will die."

The FBI is now locked in conversation with the Metropolitan Police as they investigate the Brit's background.

A spokesperson for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said it is "aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities".

Video shows people running out of a door of the synagogue, and then a man holding a gun opening the same door just seconds later, before he turns around and closes the door.

Moments later, several rounds of gunfire are heard, followed by an explosion.

The state's governor Greg Abbott said all the worshippers were safe after an FBI Hostage Rescue Team stormed the building.

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Law enforcement officials earlier said that the hostage-taker demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al Qaida.

He also said he wanted to be able to speak to her, according to the officials.

Law enforcement officials earlier said that the hostage-taker demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al Qaida.

He also said he wanted to be able to speak to her, according to the officials.

Local reporters said they heard the sound of explosions, possibly flashbangs, and the sound of gunfire shortly before Governor Abbott announced the crisis was over.

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"Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and safe," Abbott said on Twitter.

Information about the man who had taken them hostage was not immediately available.

The Colleyville Police Department said it first responded to the synagogue with SWAT teams in response to emergency calls beginning at about 10.41am during the Shabbat service, which was being broadcast online.

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