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Brother of Texas Synagogue Hostage-Taker Says ‘Religious Nuts Got a Hold of Him’

Gulbar Akram also asserts that brother Akram had not been antisemitic: ‘He didn’t hate Jews. One of his closest friends is Jewish’
Brother of Texas synagogue hostage-taker says ‘religious nuts got a hold of him’
This January 2, 2022 photo provided by OurCalling, LLC shows Malik Faisal Akram, at a Dallas homeless shelter. (OurCalling, LLC via AP)

The Hill

The brother of the British terrorist who assaulted a Texas synagogue on January 15 and took four people hostage has said his brother was radicalized by “religious nuts” and has called on Muslim community leaders and authorities to take stronger action to stop indoctrination.

Gulbar Akram told The Sun that his brother, Malik Faisal Akram, had also not harbored hatred for Jews, at least in the past.

“He didn’t hate Jews. One of his closest friends is Jewish,” he said.

The Akrams were raised in Blackburn, northern England, in a family that originated in Pakistan. Gulbar said Malik had once led a fairly normal British life, being a fan of Sunday roasts, the Blackburn Rovers soccer club and the TV comedy “Only Fools and Horses.”

However, trouble started in his youth when he was expelled from school for fights and for “hustling.” His parents then sent him to a military school in Pakistan. He later return to the UK and enrolled in a business course but failed to complete it.

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