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UK counter-terror officers working with US authorities after Brit 'hostage-taker' shot dead

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UK counter- terrorism officers are working with authorities in the US after a British hostage-taker was shot dead after an hours-long stand-off at a synagogue.

44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram was killed in a " shooting incident" after the FBI entered the building at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday.

All four hostages were unharmed. During the incident - which saw police first called at 11am and ended with the release of the final hostages at around 9pm - the man could be heard ranting on a livestream in what appeared to be a British accent.On Sunday, the Foreign Office confirmed he was British and the Metropolitan Police said counter-terror officers were in contact with US authorities and colleagues from the FBI.Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the "act of terrorism and anti-semitism", while the British Ambassador to the United States Karen Pierce said British authorities are providing "full support to Texas and US law enforcement agencies".The man is said to have demanded the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill US army officers in Afghanistan.Speaking to reporters after the incident, FBI special agent in charge Matt DeSarno said they believe the man was "singularly focused on one issue and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community", and added they will continue to "work to find motive".Confirming that the hostage-taker had died, he said there would be "an independent investigation of the shooting incident".A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities."One hostage who had been held was released during the stand-off

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