Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester, northern England, as part of the investigation into the hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue last Saturday, British police said Monday.
The teenagers remain in custody after Malik Faisal Akram, 44, was identified as the man responsible for the hostage-taking in a crisis that lasted several hours and in which the perpetrator was killed after being shot by police.
The Greater Manchester Police reported that officers from the North West England Counter Terrorism Unit arrested two young men, whose ages or identities have not been disclosed.
Akram, originally from Blackburn in northern England, had arrived two weeks ago at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and then purchased the gun he used at the synagogue, according to law enforcement officials.
In his hours-long negotiations with agents, Akram called for the release of Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year prison sentence in Texas for trying to kill soldiers and agents while detained in Afghanistan.