Texas hostage-taking: one man arrested on Tuesday in Manchester by counter-terrorism police is released

Police say they continue to work closely with American authorities in connection with the synagogue case.

Police in Manchester say they have released a man arrested on Tuesday in connection with the Texas hostage-taking probe.

Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old man from Blackburn, took four people hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville last Saturday. The hostages escaped unharmed but Akram was shot dead after an 11-hour stand-off.

Malik Faisal Akram

Two teenagers were arrested in south Manchester the following day but were released without charge, and then police later arrested a man in Manchester and another in Birmingham.

GMP confirmed on Wednesday morning (26 January) that another two men had been arrested in Manchester by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West.

However, on Thursday night, the force said they had released one of those men while the other remains in custody.

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