Texas synagogue suspect linked to ‘Lady Al-Qaeda’ — Analysis

There was on ongoing public marketing campaign in Pakistan for the discharge of Aafia Siddiqui from US jail

The suspected gunman who took a Texas synagogue hostage on Saturday has claimed to be a brother of Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of trying to kill US personnel in Afghanistan.

Whereas the id of the hostage taker is but to be confirmed, a number of US media reported that the suspect informed police that he was a brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist serving an 86-sentence within the US. The girl who was dubbed “Woman al-Qaeda” by the western media was convicted in 2010 “for the tried homicide and assault of U.S. nationals and U.S. officers and workers in Afghanistan.”  

The reviews concerning the man’s supposed id got here shortly after the start of the hostage state of affairs in Colleyville, Texas which was partially livestreamed on Fb. 

In the course of the livestream, a person now tentatively recognized as Muhammad Siddiqui referenced his sister and threatened that he was able to die and kill hostages if anybody entered the constructing, which was holding Shabbat providers shortly earlier than he entered it.

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The person has reportedly been negotiating with police for Siddiqui’s sister. Aafia is presently serving her sentence in Fort Price, Texas, which is simply a brief distance from Colleyville. The hostage taker has mentioned he’s armed with explosives, in line with sources talking to ABC Information. 

Siddiqui had been arrested in 2008 and charged with allegedly taking pictures at FBI brokers and US troopers trying to interrogate her within the Ghazni province in Afghanistan.

The FBI questioned the girl a day after she was arrested by Afghan authorities on July 17, 2008. The company claimed that Afghan forces found a bunch of handwritten notes on her that cited a “mass casualty assault” and talked about an array of vital areas across the US, together with the Empire State Constructing, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Road, in addition to the Brooklyn Bridge. The FBI claimed that Siddiqui managed to seize a US officer’s rifle whereas she was being held “unsecured, behind a curtain” in a room at an Afghan police compound as her interview was about to start out. Siddiqui then allegedly fired at an US military officer and several other different servicemen earlier than she was rounded up. Siddiqui ended up being shot within the abdomen by an American soldier, whereas no one else was damage within the incident, which finally paved the way in which for her extradition to the US.

Siddiqui can be believed to have been married to Ammar Al-Baluchi, nephew of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The US authorities alleged she had disappeared after he was introduced into custody in 2003, prompting them to position her on the FBI’s’ Most Needed’ listing. 

There was an ongoing public marketing campaign in Pakistan for the girl’s return again residence. In October, a crowd of protesters gathered exterior the Pakistan Consulate in New York to demand her launch, whereas calling her a “political prisoner” and an harmless sufferer of the US’ warfare on terror. Activists have additionally claimed Siddiqui could also be being mistreated in jail, along with her being attacked in July, leading to burns and solitary confinement. 

The Pakistani Senate handed a decision calling her ‘Daughter of the Nation’ in 2018, whereas Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed help for her launch and even reportedly mentioned the problem with former US President Donald Trump. 

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