Police SWAT team, FBI respond to hostage situation at Texas synagogue

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Jan. 15 (UPI) — A man took hostages at a Jewish synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, northwest of Dallas, on Saturday and is in negotiations with authorities, police said.

It was initially unclear how many people were being held inside of Congregation Beth Israel or whether anyone was armed, Police Sgt. Dara Nelson told The Dallas Morning News and CNN.

The FBI, Texas Department of Public Safety and SWAT teams were assisting in the situation, she said, adding that no injuries were immediately reported.

Police in the city of 26,000 located about 3 miles west of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport said all residents in the immediate area of the synagogue were being evacuated and urged people to avoid the area.


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