The remaining three hostages have been rescued from a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and local police. The condition of the hostage-taker was not immediately made clear.
“All hostages are out alive and safe,” Abbott tweeted at 10:33 p.m. ET. Colleyville police confirmed shortly afterward that the “SWAT situation in Colleyville is resolved and all hostages are safe.”
One male hostage had previously been released from Congregation Beth Israel, which is located in a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, shortly after 5 p.m. local time, police said. A reason for his release was not given.
Authorities have not identified the suspected hostage-taker or a possible motive. A source close to the incident told CBS News that they believe he had asked for the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman serving an 86-year sentence in federal prison for trying to kill U.S. officers in Afghanistan.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden has been briefed on the incident. The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, tweeted that he is “closely monitoring” reports of the situation and is “praying for an immediate and safe end.”
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