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Texas Synagogue Gunman Was Kicked Out of Nearby Mosque Before Hostage-Taking

He arrived in New York at the end of December. On Jan. 2, he was reportedly dropped off by an unidentified person to stay the night at OurCalling, a homeless shelter in Dallas.
Texas Synagogue Gunman Was Kicked Out of Nearby Mosque Before Hostage-Taking
Malik Faisal Akram is seen in this handout photo taken at a faith based daytime outreach center in Dallas, Texas, U.S., January 2, 2022 and obtained by Reuters on January 18, 2022. Courtesy of OurCalling, LLC./Handout via REUTERS


US authorities continued to piece together the movements of the gunman who held four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue this past Saturday, as staff at a nearby mosque said he was kicked out of the center for “agitated” behavior just days before the attack.

Malik Faisal Akram had arrived at the Islamic Center of Irving, Texas to pray, and got angry when he was refused shelter for the night.

“He got a little agitated, saying, ‘you’re not helping out a fellow brother in the faith’ and all that stuff,” Khalid Hamideh, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Irving told a Dallas CBS affiliate on Tuesday. “When he did get agitated he was shown the door and left.”

The next day, the 44-year-old British citizen came back to the mosque, apologized for his behavior and asked for permission to pray, Hamideh elaborated to CNN on Wednesday.

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