British police arrest 2 teens in probe of hostage-taking incident at Texas synagogue

The pair were detained in southern Manchester on Sunday evening and “remain in custody for questioning,” according to a statement from the Greater Manchester Police.

Assistant Chief Constable Dominic Scally of the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement Sunday that counterterrorism officers are assisting their U.S. counterparts in the probe. Akram was from the Blackburn area of Lancashire, about 20 miles northwest of Manchester, according to Scally.

Law enforcement sources also told ABC News that Akram arrived in the U.S. on December 29 via a flight from London to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Akram stayed at homeless shelters in the U.S. at various points and may have portrayed himself as experiencing homelessness in order to gain access to the Texas synagogue during Shabbat services, sources said.

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