The hostage situation is ongoing at the synagogue as of the time of writing. The location of the synagogue is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of the US. A source on the scene told ABC News that an armed suspect claiming to have bombs in unknown locations took a rabbi and three others hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel.
It is unclear to what extent the hostage-taker is armed.
The suspect who is holding the congregation hostage has a sister who is a known terrorist.
It has been reported that she is incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth, Dallas.
The suspect has made a demand to have his sister freed, according to the source that spoke to ABC.
Colleyville Police have stated: “We are currently conducting SWAT operations around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd.
“All residents in the immediate area are being evacuated.
“Please avoid the area.”
They added: “UPDATE 1/15/22, 1:20 PM The situation at the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road posted about earlier remains ongoing.
“We ask that you continue to avoid the area.
“We will continue to provide updates via social media.”
Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett tweeted: “I am closely monitoring the hostage situation taking place in Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.
“We pray for the safety of the hostages and rescuers.”