Texas synagogue terrorist claimed he was ‘opening doors’ for young Britons to attack US

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Malik Faisal Akram said he was ready for martyrdom during a phone conversation
Malik Faisal Akram said he was ready for martyrdom during a phone conversation

The Texas synagogue terrorist claimed his actions would open the doors for every young British jihadist to launch an attack against America, as counter-terror police made two more arrests in the UK.

Malik Faisal Akram, 44, made the chilling remarks in a recorded telephone conversation with his brother as he held three Jewish men hostage in the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on January 15.

In the 12-minute conversation, the increasingly agitated extremist, made a series of anti-Semitic comments before addressing fellow jihadists.

He said: “I’m opening the doors for every youngster in England to enter America and f--- with them”.

Concern has been raised in the United States about how Akram - who had been investigated by MI5, had a lengthy criminal record and had made numerous trips to Pakistan - was able to gain entry to the United States so easily.

During the recording Akram also said he was ready for martyrdom, telling his younger brother Gulbar: “I’ve asked Allah for this death, Allah is with me, I’m not worried in the slightest.”

He was shot dead by the FBI after the hostages managed to escape by throwing a chair at him and dashing to safety.

Details of the exchange, during which Gulbar repeatedly pleaded with him to surrender, emerged as counter-terror police in Britain investigating the attack, made two further arrests in Manchester and Birmingham.

A spokesman for Counter Terrorism Policing North West, said they were continuing to support the US-led investigation.

He added: “As a result of this ongoing investigation, two men have been arrested this morning in Birmingham and Manchester. They remain in custody for questioning.”

Two teenagers from Manchester who were arrested on Sunday evening were released from custody without charge on Tuesday.

The FBI in Dallas has said it has found nothing to suggest there was a wider terror plot.

BBC report ‘grotesquely skewed’

Meanwhile the BBC has been accused of anti-Semitism over its coverage of the terror attack.

Stephen Pollard, editor-at-large of the Jewish Chronicle, said the corporation’s reporting of the incident was biased and suggested the BBC had a “serious issue with Jews”.

He said the coverage had failed to mention that the incident was anti-Semitic and added: “I dont think I have ever seen a more grotesquely skewed report of a major terrorist incident than this.”

A BBC spokesperson said: “We welcome feedback on, and constructive scrutiny of our programmes and always reflect on it. We have covered this particular story over a number of days, on multiple BBC platforms, during which the issue of anti-Semitism has been addressed.

“Anti-Semitism is abhorrent. We strive to serve the Jewish community, and all communities across our country, fairly.”

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