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Shocking former neighbors of a man from Lancashire who was shot and killed after taking four people hostage in a synagogue in the United States has branded him as a rude person who would often “lose his temper”.

Surprising claims from those who previously lived close to the 44-year-old in Blackburn were made today, with a former neighbor even admitting that he was a “disgusting man” and that they “are not surprised by what is happened. “

Another told MEN that he was occasionally visited by the police after it was confirmed that he had a criminal record and that he was threatened with trial after chopping down a tree without permission.

Malik Faisal Akram, 44, of Blackburn, held four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, USA, on Sunday (January 16).

All the hostages were released without being wounded, but Akram was shot and killed by the FBI shortly afterwards.

Two teenagers have since been detained in south Manchester by officers from Counter Terror Policing North West in connection with the hostage attack.

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The news of Akram’s involvement has shocked and outraged people in his hometown of Blackburn, including former neighbors who have spoken out today.

Chantana Parkinson said she had lived next to Akram in East Park Road – north of the city center – for several years, describing him as ‘rude’.

She said Akram had lived in a semi-detached house overlooking Corporation Park with his wife and children before moving around three years ago.

“He was very rude and lost his temper all the time,” she said.

“We had a couple of quarrels over the fence.

“Once he felled a tree and the municipality tried to bring him to justice because it was a listed building. He wanted to build another house on his land.

Malik Faisal Akram from Blackburn was shot and killed after taking four people hostage in a US synagogue

“He moved out three years ago.

“I’m not surprised by what happened. He was an ugly man and always fell out with people.

“Once in a while, the police walked around the house.”

Another man who used to live close to Akram’s family in Brantfell Road about 20 years ago said he was ‘really shocked’ to discover what had happened.

He added: “My brother called me and said ‘do you know these people?’

“I said they used to live near me. There were mom and dad and about nine brothers.

“They were all for gymnastics and running. We never had any problems, they were a quiet family.

“I was really shocked to hear what happened.

“You have to be mentally ill to do such a thing. There is no justification.

“Actions like this are not good for society and not good for humanity.”

The man said that after leaving the street, Akram and his family had stayed in the nearby area.

Raja Akmal, who also lives in Brantfell Road, said he feared that Akram’s actions would negatively affect Blackburn’s Muslim community.

“It’s very sad, especially that he’s from Blackburn,” Mr Akmal said.

“It’s a big surprise. Such things should not happen.

“It affects the whole society and gives a bad impression.

“People in Blackburn are sweet and hardworking. The Issa brothers are from here and have made a success out of themselves.”

Law enforcement staff continue investigation into hostage incident at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas

Another neighbor said he knew Akram’s father well and described the family as ‘respectable’.

Akram’s family has spoken out against his attacks and condemned his actions.

He spoke to Sky News, his brother, and Gulbar demanded more information on how the incident had been allowed to unfold.

“He is known to the police. Has a criminal record. How was he allowed to get a visa and acquire a gun,” he said.

It is understood that the hostage-taker had flown to America two weeks ago and had been living in a homeless shelter.

He bought a gun on the street, according to US President Joe Biden.

Akram’s brother Gulbar said his family was ‘devastated’ over his death after spending hours talking to him in an attempt to secure a peaceful solution.

The first part of the siege was live-streamed on Facebook until the power was cut off around 2 p.m.

On Facebook live, Akram was heard calling for the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having links to al Qaeda.

She was convicted of attempting to kill U.S. military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.

US President Joe Biden labeled the incident as ‘an act of terrorism’, and British police are working with US authorities on the investigation.

Assistant Chief Constable Dominic Scally for Counter Terror Policing North West confirmed that Akram was behind the attack and said they were assisting with the ongoing investigation.

He added: “Police forces in the region will continue to cooperate with their local communities, including the Jewish community, and will put in place all necessary measures to provide them with security.

“We continue to urge the public to report anything that may be related to terrorism to the police by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 – your call can save lives.”

It emerged today that Akram had been expelled from Blackburn Magistrates’ Court after telling an officer he wished they had died in one of the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. .

The ban was reported at the time by the Lancashire Telegraph.

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