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Who is Aafia Siddiqui, the federal prisoner at the center of the Texas hostage incident?

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Aafia Siddiqui, whose release was demanded by a man who took hostages inside a Texas synagogue, would not condone the man’s actions, her attorney said Saturday.

The unidentified man, who took an unspecified number of people hostage inside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, said he wanted Siddiqui to be released from a Texas federal prison, where she is serving an 86-year sentence after being convicted of attempting to murder U.S. soldiers.

The man was killed Saturday evening by law enforcement authorities, and the hostages released unharmed.

“She’s always said, and I’m sure maintains, she does not support it — she does not support violence,” said Marwa Elbially, a Plano, Texas, lawyer specializing in Muslim civil rights and immigration.

Siddiqui has long been a cause célèbre in the terrorist world.

She has sometimes been called “Lady al Qaeda,” but ISIS sought her release, as well. She was convicted in 2010 of trying to murder American soldiers and officials in Afghanistan, and her sentencing included a terror enhancement.

Her release has long been sought by militant Islamists, and even mainstream U.S. Muslim groups have said she is innocent and should be freed.

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