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Meet ‘Lady Al-Qaeda’ Aafia Siddiqui, Who Texas Gunman Demanded Be Freed

Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani neuroscientist currently serving 86 years for the attempted murder of American troops and FBI agents.
Meet 'Lady Al-Qaeda' Aafia Siddiqui, who Texas gunman demanded be freed
Aafia Siddiqui is shown in this FBI combo photo released in Washington on May 26, 2004. (photo credit: REUTERS/FBI/HANDOUT)

The Jerusalem Post

A man on Saturday took multiple hostages at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence for the attempted murder of American troops and FBI agents who arrested her.

Although initial reports suggested the hostage taker was Siddiqui’s brother, a former lawyer of the brother claimed that he was not involved in the hostage situation, according to The Daily Beast news site. Upon hearing about the incident, Siddiqui released a statement telling the hostage taker to stand down, it reported.

Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani neuroscientist who moved to the US in 1990 on a student visa and subsequently studied at the University of Houston before transferring to MIT, where she triple-majored in biology, anthropology and archaeology, and later received her PhD from Brandeis University, as reported in Peter Bergen’s book The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda. After marrying anesthesiologist Amjad Mohammed Khan in an arranged marriage, Siddiqui had two sons and a daughter in 1996, 1998 and 2002.

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