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Outstanding: fugitive Al-Qaeda fixer/microbiologist Aafia Siddiqi caught, shot, extradited

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By See-Dubya  •  August 5, 2008 07:27 AM

This is great news. Like the still-at-large Adnan al-Shukrijumah, Aafia al-Siddiqui is a very, very dangerous Al-Qaeda fugitive who has been on the run since 2003.

Michelle’s been following her exploits for a while now, and to get an idea of why, you simply have to watch this Vent from July 2006 that lays out the web of conspirators plotting to blow up gas stations around Baltimore–a group that included Adam Gadahn and Ayman al Faris.

But Aafia finally turned up, in Afghanistan, where her behavior raised a few eyebrows:

Siddiqui, 36, initially was stopped by Afghan police on July 17 outside a government building. The police searched her handbag and discovered documents giving recipes for explosives and chemical weapons and describing “various landmarks in the United States, including New York City,” according to a criminal complaint, which didn’t identify the landmarks.

Siddiqui also was carrying “chemical substances in gel and liquid form that were sealed in bottles and glass jars,” the complaint added.

The next day, as a team of FBI agents and U.S. military officers prepared to question her, Siddiqui grabbed a rifle, pointed it at an Army captain and yelled that she wanted blood, prosecutors said. An interpreter pushed the rifle aside as she fired two shots, which missed, they said. One of two shots fired by a soldier in response hit her in the torso.

Even after being hit, Siddiqui struggled and shouted in English “that she wanted to kill Americans” before the officers subdued her, the complaint said.

She’s been extradited back to Manhattan, but just you watch–by the time the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights get through with her, she’s going to be portrayed as a hero, healing illnesses in Afghanistan like some sort of Muslim Mother Teresa.

Until then, let’s just be glad she’s back in custody.

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MORE: See, I’ve always thought a 9mm lacked stopping power. Case in point:

The day after her arrest by Afghani authorities on July 17th, Siddiqui was shot twice in the torso, US officials said, when she grabbed a US soldier’s M-4 Carbine and attempted to shoot another officer as a team of US soldiers and FBI agents prepared to question her. A US interpreter threw off her aim when he pushed the gun. She then was shot twice with a .9 millimeter [SIC] handgun, authorities said. According to the US Government, despite her wounds, she shouted that she “wanted to kill Americans,” and struggled with her captors before they subdued her.

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MORE:
From the NY Times, she married the boss’s nephew:

The government said that Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, known as Ammar al-Baluchi, a nephew of Mr. [Khaled Sheikh] Mohammed’s, ordered Ms. Siddiqui to help get Mr. Khan’s paperwork. The statement said Mr. Baluchi and Ms. Siddiqui married shortly before his capture.

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