The Texas rabbi who escaped from British gunman Malik Faisal Akram after a 12-hour stand-off on Saturday has told how he welcomed him into his synagogue and gave him a cup of tea beforehand. 

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker welcomed Akram into Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday unaware that he a was carrying a gun. 

Akram touched the window, then went in and had tea with Cytron Walker before service began. 

The 44-year old British gunman opened fire on the priest as he was leading congregation members in prayer. He then took three other people hostage.

SWAT teams shot him dead after the hostages had fled. 

Rabbi Cytron Walker, in an interview on Monday with CBS Mornings, said that he welcomed Rabbi Cytron-Walker into the fold without hesitation. 

“When I brought him in, I kept my distance from him. It was a chance for me to have tea and talk with him. That moment I did not. Hear anything that sounds suspicious.

“Some aspects of his story did not add up, so I was slightly curious. But that isn’t an unusual thing. It happened during prayer. When we pray, our faces face Jerusalem. 

“I heard a click. He said that it could have been any thing, but it was actually his gun. 

Gunman Malik Faisal Akram, 44, tapped on the window at Beth Israel Congregation in Coleyville and was welcomed in by Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker. They had tea together, then the rabbi went to lead the morning prayer

Gunman Malik Faisal Akram, 44, tapped on the window at Beth Israel Congregation in Coleyville and was welcomed in by Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker. They had tea together, then the rabbi went to lead the morning prayer

Gunman Malik Faisal Akram, 44, tapped on the window at Beth Israel Congregation in Coleyville and was welcomed in  by Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker. After they had tea, the Rabbi went ahead to pray the morning.

The standoff ended at midnight on Saturday nearly 12 hours later. The gunman was shot dead

Nearly 12 hours later, the standoff was over. It ended at midnight on Saturday. He was killed by the gunman 

He also said that he was afraid he’d be killed by the gunman at the end because he wasn’t getting what he wanted. 

It did not look right. It didn’t sound very good. We were terrified.’ 

Only the hostages managed to escape when the gunman threw the chair into his face, and he ran for the exit. 

After all hostages had been safely evacuated, SWAT teams shot the gunman. 

‘When I saw an opening, where he was not in a favorable position, I made sure that two of the gentlemen with him, were prepared to leave. It was not too difficult to find the exit. 

‘I told them to go, I threw a chair at the gunman and I headed to the door and all three of us were able to get out without even a shot being fired,’ he said. 

Malik Faisal Akram, who was known as Faisal Akram, had ranted that he wished he had died in the 9/11 terror attacks. He was a regular visitor to Pakistan and reportedly a member of the Tablighi Jamaat group, set up to “purify” Islam

Malik Faisal Akram, who was known as Faisal Akram, had ranted that he wished he had died in the 9/11 terror attacks. His frequent visits to Pakistan were a result of his membership in the Tablighi Jamaat group. This was an attempt to ‘purify Islam’.

SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday

The SWAT team deployed in the vicinity of Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue Colleyville Texas on Saturday

Officers are seen surrounding the building in Texas on Saturday

Texas police officers can be seen surrounding the building on Saturday

Aafia siddiqui was the ‘Lady Al Qaeda’ terrorist responsible for chemical attacks on Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building.

Siddiqui was a biology major from MIT and stated in 1993 that she wanted to do something to help our Muslim sisters’, even if this meant violating the law.

In a defiance display that stunned her friends, she jumped up and raised her little wrists in midair.

Her journey to infamy is also detailed in an in-depth report. She attended a National Rifle Association shoot class and encouraged other Muslims learn how to fire guns.

Siddiqui deceived her husband, and when they got married over the telephone, he was shocked that she had just been marrying him because of his familial connections.

Two handout photos of terror suspect Aafia Siddiqui released by the FBI in May of 2004

The FBI released two handout photographs of Aafia Siddiqui, a terror suspect in May 2004

Local forces arrested her in Afghanistan, 2008 with 2 kilos poison sodium cyanide. They also found plans to chemically attack New York’s Brooklyn Bridge or Empire State Building.

Siddiqui was a mother of three and eventually achieved her bizarre wish. She became the FBI’s most wanted female. 

In 2010, she was given to America and convicted in the United States of attempted murder.

However, her hate for America was so intense that she took a gun from one her guards during interrogation and fired at them shouting “Death to Americans”.

A 2014 Boston Globe profile of Siddiqui’s time in Boston sought to answer what happened during her 11 years as a student in the U.S.

Somehow, something happened that radicalized an intelligent and religious woman who received a degree from MIT as well as a doctorate from Brandeis University in neuroscience. 

Although she was not a friend at MIT, she became close to friends, and would be remembered as being driven, intelligent and a frequent attendee of the Prospect Street mosque. This mosque later hosted Tamerlan, an alleged Boston Marathon bomber.

Her long sleeves were adorned with the hijab, and she was deemed’very sweet’ by her former roommate in the all-female dormitory.

Although the Muslim Student Association was her main focus, things changed after the Bosnian War. It seems that this war marked the start of her radicalization.

Siddiqui was involved in Al-Kifah Refugee Centre. This Brooklyn-based group is believed to be Al Qaeda’s main focus for operations in the US.

Evan Kohlmann, a terrorist expert said that Aafia came from a distinguished family with connections to jihad and sympathy. It was exactly what they were looking for.

As she was discussing how to raise funds for Muslims killed in the Bosnian War, 1993, one of her friends joked about not wanting to be on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

Waqas Jilani, then a Clark University graduate student, stated that she was proud to be listed on the Most Wanted lists because it would show her commitment to helping Muslim brothers and sister.

“She stated that we all should be proud to be on this list.” 

Jilani also stated that Siddiqui had said in her speeches, that Muslims need to ‘get trained and go overseas to fight’.

He said, “We were all laughing as if Aafia had a gun!”

“Partially because she was such an awful shot but also because she kept talking about how the U.S. was so terrible and the FBI was so good.

Siddiqui wed Mohammed Amjad Khan (son of wealthy Pakistani families) in an over-the-phone ceremony before he flew from Pakistan to Boston.

He discovered, however, that she was not the serene religious woman he had been told. Her life was quite different.

He explained that he discovered that the wellbeing of her nascent family was not her main goal. It was rather to rise in Muslim circles.

Khan told the Boston Globe that she watched Osama Bin Laden videos, went to terror training camps in New Hampshire every weekend with Al-Kifah activists and begged him not to take a job as a doctor so she could go along.

He stopped inviting his workmates home, as she was unable to talk to them about their conversion to Islam.

Khan stated: “Invariably, this would lead to unpleasantness. So I decided to keep my work separate

‘… All her attention had now shifted to fighting against America instead of teaching Americans how to become Muslims, and America would be a Muslim country.

Siddiqui was wearing all black and insisting that they go back to Pakistan after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Siddiqui then got divorced.

American officials believe she married Ammar Al-Baluchi (the nephew of 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed), although her family strongly denies this.

Siddiqui, her children and their belongings disappeared in Karachi Pakistani in 2003 just after Mohammed was detained.

Robert Mueller, FBI director, named her the next year as one the most wanted Al Qaeda operatives and she was the only woman. 

He said that the group would “of course” return to synagogue, despite their ‘terrifying and overwhelming’ experience. 

“It is something we will definitely do. We have faced great difficulties and challenges, but we also experienced tremendous resilience.

“It will not be easy, but it is a very important thing.”

It is still unclear how Akram, who previously stayed at a shelter for homeless people in the weeks leading up to his visit to the synagogue in Jerusalem, was allowed to travel to America despite having a long criminal record. 

According to his family, he had been suffering from mental illness and was grieving the loss of his brother COVID-19. 

It remains unclear whether or not Akram belongs to any terrorist organizations but during the stand-off, he demanded the release of  ‘Lady Al Qaeda’ Aafia Siddiqui. 

After being accused of plotting an attack against the US in Afghanistan, she was arrested and taken to Fort Worth. 

As she was being interviewed, she fired on FBI agents and soldiers. The soldiers and FBI agents responded with fire. She was then taken to the US. 

How did he get in? Fury is growing over how the gunman - whose family say was known to police - was able to enter the US

He got in by a way I don’t know how. The fury over the way the gunman, whose family claims was known to the police, was able enter the US is mounting. 

She was a US citizen who had lived in America during 9/11. However, she fled to Pakistan to protect her family and convert to Christianity. 

However, it isn’t known whether she spoke with Akram in person or has met him. 

Earlier, Rabbi  Cytron-Walker credited FBI training with being able to escape from the gunman. 

He said, “Over the years my congregation has participated in numerous security courses from Colleyville Police Department and the FBI, Anti-Defamation League and Secure Community Network.”

“We live today because we have received that education. All Jewish religious and school groups are encouraged to take part in security and active-shooter courses. 

“In the last hours of the hostage crisis, gunman became increasingly belligerent threatening. 

“Without our instruction, we wouldn’t have been ready to take action and flee the instant the situation presented itself.”   

Although Akram’s criminal history is unknown, his brother in the UK told Sky News that Akram was well-known to police. 

‘He’s known to police. A criminal record. He has a criminal record. He said.  

On January 2, he landed in New York at JFK Airport. Then, between January 6th and 13th, he spent time at Dallas’ Christian charity’s homeless hostel. While there, he managed to get a gun from a nearby street vendor. 

British Conservative MP Bob Seely told MailOnline there seemed to have been a ‘dreadful’ error at the UK and US borders caused by an ‘intelligence failure’ and it needed to be looked at.

“This is clearly an example of poor intelligence sharing. It’s absolutely terrible that he was allowed to travel to America and cause harm to people. 

“Clearly, something is wrong with the world,” he stated. 

Donald Trump Jr. is one of those Americans who sought answers. 

“How long has the FBI known that a radical Islamist foreign citizen with a criminal history was present in the United States? Did they work with him? Is it possible for someone to get visas? He was too busy watching your grandma conservative to get through? 

Homeland Security and the FBI have yet to comment.