Detectives granted more time to question men arrested in connection with Texas synagogue attack

As part of the local investigation, two men arrested yesterday in Birmingham and Manchester remain in custody and officers have been granted an extension of custody to continue to question them further.

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Two men arrested yesterday in Birmingham and Manchester in connection with the Texas synagogue attack remain in custody and officers have been granted an extension of custody to continue to question them further.

The two men were arrested as part of the investigation into the Texas synagogue attack by British hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram.

Announcing the latest development, Greater Manchester Police said: "Officers from CTPNW are continuing with their investigation following the events in Texas, they are working closely with and are supporting US law enforcement.

"As part of the local investigation, two men arrested yesterday in Birmingham and Manchester remain in custody and officers have been granted an extension of custody to continue to question them further.

"We continue to work closely with colleagues from other forces.

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Akram, 44, originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, was shot dead when the FBI entered the building in Texas on January 15 following a 10-hour stand-off.