UK intelligence concluded Malik Faisal Akram posed no threat, which allowed him to travel to US and buy a gun

British intelligence closed the investigation, however, after officers had concluded Malik Faisal Akram, who lived in Blackburn, posed no threat, and as a result he was able to travel freely to the US and purchase a gun.

The investigation was “mid-level” and took place in the second half of 2020, according to the sources, who requested they not be identified. Once it ended, MI5 lost interest in Akram, and no information of concern appears to have been passed to the US authorities before the synagogue attack.

The investigation lasted “over four weeks”, a source said, and ended with an assessment that Akram did not pose a jihadist terror risk and there was no reason to prevent him from traveling abroad.

The acknowledgment is a particular embarrassment to the agency, which prides itself on a close working relationship with its US counterparts. The FBI has known about MI5’s previous investigation for some time.

Akram, who was 44, was killed after an 11-hour hostage standoff at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in the Dallas suburb of Colleyville on Saturday evening. All four hostages survived the siege unharmed.

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