Brother of Synagogue Attacker Says He Had Criminal History and Should Not Have Been Let Into U.S.

CORRECTS BYLINE TO ELIAS VALVERDE INSTEAD OF LYNDA M. GONZALEZ - A police officer blocks a street near Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 15, 2022. Authorities said a man took hostages Saturday during services at the synagogue where the suspect could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan. (Elias Valverde/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

TEXAS (VINnews) — Could the attack in Colleyville have been prevented? Why was the Islamic terrorist who took hostages allowed to obtain a visa, and not placed on a no-fly list? These are some of the unanswered questions being raised, as new details about the attacker have been revealed.

Malik Faisal Akram, who was killed after an 11-hour hostage standoff in a reform synagogue, reportedly had a criminal history and was known to UK police.

Akram had an exclusion order created against him in 2001, banning him from Blackburn magistrates court, after he said that he wished a court usher had been a passenger on the planes flown by terrorists into the Twin Towers and Pentagon on 9/11.

In addition, Gulbar Akram, Malik’s brother, told Sky News that his brother had a criminal record, and questioned how he was issued a visa.

Gulbar said, “He’s known to police. Got a criminal record. How was he allowed to get a visa and acquire a gun?”

He added that he “should never have been able to get through immigration…someone helped him. He shouldn’t have been able to board a plane without any stringent checks.”

Gulbar has also been quoted as saying that his brother suffered from “mental health issues.”

All four hostages were able to escape unharmed.

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