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Omaha Police patrolling local synagogues ‘as a precaution’

Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 11:03 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police said Saturday that officers would be paying “special attention” to local synagogues in light of a hostage situation that unfolded throughout much of Saturday at a Texas synagogue.

OPD did not indicate any elevated threat, but said it was taking steps to monitor those areas as a precaution.

Hostages who had been held for hours inside a Texas synagogue were rescued Saturday night, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, bringing an end to a standoff that had lasted nearly 12 hours.

A loud bang and what sounded like gunfire was heard coming from the synagogue, where authorities said a man had held people captive as he demanded the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan.

The hostage-taker was later declared dead, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Details of the rescue or the man’s death were not immediately released.

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