Texas police responding to hostage situation at Colleyville synagogue

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Google Earth presumption of Beth Israel temple, Colleyville, Texas

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A antheral seemingly took radical hostage astatine a synagogue adjacent Fort Worth, Texas, connected Saturday, according to aggregate reports.

The Colleyville Police Department said connected Twitter it was conducting SWAT operations astatine the determination of Congregation Beth Israel successful Colleyville, Texas. The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety were besides astatine the scene, according to CNN.

The synagogue had been live-streaming its work connected Facebook erstwhile listeners started to perceive muffled audio betwixt an alleged hostage-taker and negotiators, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The video has since been taken down.

The insubstantial said an aggravated antheral could beryllium heard ranting and talking astir religion, but the unrecorded watercourse did not amusement what was happening wrong the building. The antheral reportedly mentioned his sister and Islam, and said repeatedly helium thought helium was going to die.

It was not instantly wide however galore radical were successful the building. CNN reported that nary injuries were reported arsenic of 3:20 p.m. ET. Residents successful the contiguous country were evacuated.

A White House authoritative told NBC News that the White House is "closely monitoring" the imaginable hostage situation.

Colleyville, a municipality of astir 26,000, is astir 16 miles northeast of Fort Worth.