Hostage Situation Unfolds at Texas Synagogue During Livestreamed Service squib

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A hostage situation was unfolding at a synagogue outside of Dallas, Texas, on Saturday afternoon involving a man who ranted about religion—all while being captured on a Facebook livestream.

Colleyville Police confirmed on Twitter that it was conducting SWAT operations at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue, though it did not offer more details.

As police surrounding the building, however, the synagogue’s Facebook livestream continued. Nobody could be seen on the livestream but a man with a British accent could be heard threatening to shoot anyone who interfered. Just before 2 p.m. local time, the livestream cut out.

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