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Jewish Nevada says 'thoughts, prayers' with family of hostage situation at Texas synagogue

Texas Synagogue Standoff
Posted at 3:41 PM, Jan 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-15 21:18:44-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Jewish Nevada says its "thoughts and prayers" are with the family and friends of a congregation in Texas, where authorities say a man has taken hostages at a synagogue.

The Colleyville Police Department tweeted Saturday afternoon that it was conducting SWAT operations at Congregation Beth Israel.

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Services at the synagogue were being livestreamed on Facebook for a time.

Officials said at least four hostages were believed to be inside. There have been no reported injuries.

"We are aware of the ongoing hostage situation involving Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas," said Jewish Nevada in a statement posted on Facebook.

The organization went on to say it is not aware of any credible threats in Nevada, but law enforcement in the state was adding additional patrols to area synagogues.

13 Action News has reached out to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Henderson Police Department and North Las Vegas Police Department to see if any of those agencies have increased patrols. Check back for updates.

An official told The Associated Press that the hostage-taker has demanded the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda. The neuroscientist is in federal prison in Texas after being convicted of trying to kill U.S. military officers while in custody in Afghanistan. For the latest on this national story, click here.

Read the full statement from Jewish Nevada below.

We are aware of the ongoing hostage situation involving Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. This is an ongoing law enforcement operation, and the FBI, along with state and local law enforcement partners are actively attempting to resolve this situation peacefully.

At present, Secure Community Network is coordinating with law enforcement and the Anti-Defamation League is on the ground in Colleyville to provide support and resources to the community.

Currently, we are not aware of any credible threats to our community. Law enforcement throughout our state have mobilized additional patrols in and around our synagogues.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Congregation Beth Israel.

13 Action News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.