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Malik Faisal Akram biography: 10 things about Blackburn, Lancashire man

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Malik Faisal Akram was a British citizen originally from Blackburn, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. Here are 10 more things about him:

Malik Faisal Akram
Malik Faisal Akram
  1. He is Mohammed Malik Akram‘s son.
  2. He has five siblings namely Gulbar Akram, Malik Akram, Nasar Akram, Yassar Akram and Gulzameer Akram.
  3. He entered the United States via the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. On December 29, 2021, he arrived alone at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, New York, USA. 
  4. From January 11-13, 2022, he stayed at Union Gospel Mission Dallas, a homeless shelter in Dallas, Texas, USA.
  5. On January 13, 2022, Henry “Michael” Williams of Texas sold a semiautomatic Taurus G2C pistol to him at an intersection in Dallas. The gun was last sold in September 2019 in Texas.
  6. At around 11:00 a.m. on January 15, 2022, he held Charlie Cytron-Walker and three other people captive at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. At one point, he demanded the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqu.
  7. At around 2:00 p.m. on January 15, 2022, while holding four people hostage at Congregation Beth Israel, he said in a Facebook livestream, “You got to do something. I don’t want to see this guy dead.”
  8. At around 9:00 p.m. on January 15, 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s elite Hostage Rescue Team stormed the synagogue and fatally shot him.
  9. He died at the age of 44.
  10. On January 16, 2022, his brother Gulbar released a statement, saying in part, “Sitting in the incident room all last night at Greenbank until the early hours liaising with Faisal, the negotiators, FBI etc. And although my brother was suffering from mental health issues we were confident that he would not harm the hostages. There was nothing we could have said to him or done that would have convinced him to surrender.” 
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