Two men have been arrested in Manchester in connection with the hostage incident at a Texas synagogue 10 days ago.
The attack was undertaken by British hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram, who was killed after a 10-hour stand-off with American police.
Akram, 44, who was originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, was shot dead when the FBI entered the place of worship in Colleyville on January 15.
He had been holding four people hostage, but they were later released unharmed.
In a new development on Wednesday, Counter Terrorism Policing North West said in a statement: ‘Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West are continuing with their investigation following the events in Texas. They are working closely with and are supporting US law enforcement.
‘As part of the local investigation, two men have been arrested this morning in Manchester. They remain in custody for questioning.
‘We continue to work closely with colleagues from other forces.’
No further details have been released about the pair.
Meanwhile, two men arrested in Birmingham and Manchester on January 20 as part of the same probe have been released from custody with no further action.
US President Joe Biden branded the incident an ‘act of terror’, while FBI director Christopher Wray said it was anti-semitic.
The bureau says it is conducting ‘rigorous’ analysis of Akram’s associates as well as his online activities and devices.
He had only been in the USA for less than three before the attack, having flown to New York on December 29 and later travelling to Texas, where he entered the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue.
Akram – who is understood to have a criminal record – was investigated by MI5 in 2020.
But he was deemed not to be a credible threat to national security at the time.
It is not yet clear how he was able to travel to the US despite his UK criminal record.
The FBI said it is ‘working hard’ to learn more about how Akram acquired the firearm he possessed.
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