A gunman takes hostages in a synagogue in a US state

Baghdad A gunman took several hostages in a synagogue in the US state of Texas.

The US Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper said authorities are negotiating with a man who reportedly took people hostage at a synagogue in Colville, Texas, during prayers on Saturday.

It quoted Colville Police on Twitter earlier today that it is conducting rapid intervention operations using special forces in the area where the Beth Israel complex is located.

It added, all residents in the area have been evacuated.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency