BREAKING: Al-Qaeda Terrorist’s Brother Allegedly Takes Hostages at Texas Synagogue, Demands Release

Muhammad Siddiqui, the brother of an al-Qaeda terrorist being held in Texas, has reportedly stormed into a Dallas synagogue while armed and taken hostages while demanding his sibling’s release.

The crisis situation is unraveling at Congregation Beth Israel, a synagogue in Dallas-Fort Worth. The gunman reportedly entered the synagogue during Saturday service and took the hostages.

Siddiqui also claims explosives have been planted at the scene.

Apparently, the services were being live streamed to Facebook when the suspect entered.

Livestream clip inside Colleyville, Texas synagogue where a hostage situation was unfolding within the last hour. pic.twitter.com/ncgmZTGDnb

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Siddiqui is reportedly the brother of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, though authorities have not confirmed this.

The suspect is demanding to have his sister, Aafia Siddiqui, freed, an official told ABC News.

This woman has been incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base near Forth Worth due to alleged ties to al-Qaeda. She was convicted of assault and attempted murder of a U.S. soldier in 2010 and sentenced to 86 years in prison, the outlet reports.

According to The Guardian, Aafia Siddiqui made anti-Semitic statements during her trial:

During a typically stormy hearing last Thursday, Siddiqui interrupted the judge, rebuked her own lawyers and made strident appeals to the packed courthouse. “I am boycotting this trial,” she declared. “I am innocent of all the charges and I can prove it, but I will not do it in this court.” Previously she had tried to fire her lawyers due to their Jewish background (she once wrote to the court that Jews are “cruel, ungrateful, back-stabbing” people) and demanded to speak with President Obama for the purpose of “making peace” with the Taliban. This time, though, she was ejected from the courtroom for obstruction. “Take me out. I’m not coming back,” she said defiantly.

Aafia Siddiqui is a “graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and PhD scholar in Neuroscience from Brandeis University.”

Police have announced that they are currently undergoing SWAT operations to secure the hostages.

According to police, at least four hostages including a rabbi remain inside the building at this time, per the AP.

The situation remains ongoing at press time.

This is a breaking news story and may be updated with additional information as it becomes available.