ISIS Connection Found In Synagogue Terror Investigation

( On Saturday, a 44-year-old British Muslim named Malik Faisal Akram entered the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas during Sabbath services, taking the rabbi and three others hostage.

Akram, who was allegedly armed and carrying explosives, demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani terrorist known as Lady al Qaeda who was convicted of trying to kill US Army officers.

Siddiqui was initially arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 in connection to an alleged al Qaeda plot for a mass casualty attack in the US and other places.

At the time of her arrest, Siddiqui was in possession of documents showing how to make dirty bombs, chemical weapons, and how to weaponize the Ebola virus. She also had a sodium cyanide capsule on her.

After she was taken into custody, Saddiqui opened fire on US interrogators using an M4 rifle belonging to an Army officer. And in 2010, she was convicted of this shooting.

Siddiqui is serving out her 86-year prison sentence not far from Colleyville in Fort Worth, Texas.

Saturday’s 11-hour standoff ended when an FBI Hostage Rescue Team stormed the building and killed Akram. The four hostages were unharmed.

According to the Media Research Institute’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (MEMRI-JTTM), both during and after Saturday’s incident users from a pro-ISIS chat group were expressing their support for the dead terrorist.

According to MEMRI-JTTM, users on the pro-ISIS expressed their support for Akram, whom they referred to as “brother” and “martyr.”

After Akram was killed, one user said Akram’s “jihad” would be remembered. He also offered praise to Allah for Lady al Qaeda, adding that she “is on our minds today.”

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Why wouldn’t pro-ISIS Islamists celebrate an Islamist terrorist? It would be more shocking if they remained silent.

According to MEMRI-JTTM, over the nearly 12 years since Saddiqui was imprisoned, various jihadi clerics and jihad organizations including ISIS have made her release a top priority.

So too has the Hamas-linked US organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which has spent years trying to free Aafia Siddiqui.