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Pakistani woman accused of aiding Al Qaeda operatives appears in court

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Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national and MIT graduate wanted for questioning by the FBI in relation to terrorism cases, appeared in a New York court on Tuesday after being charged with attempting to kill US soldiers. Before being taken into custody in Afghanistan last month, Ms. Siddiqui was last seen in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2003. Her reappearance raises questions about the Pakistan government's practice of illegally detaining terror suspects in secret security centers.

Although Siddiqui was accused of having links to the Al Qaeda leadership and has been wanted for questioning by the FBI since 2003, she appeared in court on charges of attempted killing, reports the Times Online.

Siddiqui was arrested in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan, outside the governor's compound there, by the Afghanistan National Police. The next day, Siddiqui attacked US soldiers and FBI agents preparing to question her, reports ABC News.


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