Former Houston resident is al Qaeda suspect
One day in March last year, Ismat Siddiqui left her grown daughter and grandchildren at her Karachi, Pakistan, home for a routine errand. When she came back a short time later, they had vanished.
They haven't been seen or heard from since.
Now, her youngest daughter, Aafia Siddiqui, 32, a former Houston resident and a neurological sciences expert, is the subject of a worldwide dragnet, wanted by the FBI as a terrorist recruited by al-Qaida to help attack the United States this summer.
U.S. authorities have not charged her, but believe Aafia Siddiqui is a "fixer," someone who moves money to provide logistical support for terror activities, authorities said. The FBI fears she may have been helping Adnan El Shukrijumah, 27, a Saudi man who Attorney General John Ashcroft said could be a "future facilitator of terrorist acts" for al-Qaida.
The FBI became interested in Aafia Siddiqui after reputed 9/11 mastermind Kahlid Shaikh Mohammed, known to anti-terrorists as KSM, dropped her name during an interrogation in March 2003 by the CIA.