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NewsCrimeWitness describes 'Lady Al Qaeda' suspect Aafia Siddiqui as 'mad, angry' during alleged gunfight

Witness describes 'Lady Al Qaeda' suspect Aafia Siddiqui as 'mad, angry' during alleged gunfight

Originally Published:Wednesday, January 20th 2010, 3:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 20th 2010, 3:41 PM

Mug shot of Aafia Siddiqui that was used by the government during the jury selection process.
Mug shot of Aafia Siddiqui that was used by the government during the jury selection process.

A heroic Afghan interpreter recounted Wednesday how the so-called "Lady Al Qaeda" used him as a human shield before he wrestled a stolen Army rifle from the homicidal woman.

Defendant Aafia Siddiqui, who was ejected from court Tuesday after an angry outburst, sat silently as witness Ahmad Gul detailed the chaotic shootout inside an Afghan police station on July 18, 2008.

Gul's testimony came under increased security, with a metal detector placed outside the courtroom doorway at the suggestion of federal marshals.

"No incident gave rise to it," Federal Judge Richard Berman said about the measure.

Gul, 27, recalled how quickly things went bad inside the second-floor room. One second there was pleasant chit-chat, he testified, and then a stunned U.S. Army captain shouted, "She's got the gun!"

The Army M-4 rifle was carelessly left within the suspected terrorist's grasp by another U.S. military officer, prosecutors said.

Gul recalled that Siddiqui, an MIT-educated neuroscientist, was "mad, angry" as she tried to open fire on a roomful of U.S. officials and Afghan intelligence officers.

"She was using my body as a shield while bullets were going," said Gul, then an interpreter for the Army Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Gul, standing just 3 feet from the rifle-wielding Siddiqui, said he lunged at her and started wrestling for the weapon.

Siddiqui fired one shot before he reached her, and a second after he shoved her into a wall, Gul said in the second day of trial testimony.

The interpreter said he managed to disarm Siddiqui, 37, after she was shot in the abdomen by the same officer who misplaced his rifle.

Siddiqui is charged with attempted murder.

agendar@nydailynews.com

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