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Woman Eyed by FBI Lived Quietly in Mass.

A Pakistani woman being sought by the FBI for questioning about possible ties to terrorist networks toiled for several years in Boston academia researching biology and neurology, and devoted much of her time to preaching the Muslim faith. Still, Aafia Siddiqui blended in and her fellow students, neighbors and parishioners say they never considered her suspicious. “At no time did she discuss anything about politics,” said Gerald Ross, who rented an apartment in his Lexington house to Siddiqui and her husband in 1996. “I’ve got to tell you, if you’re looking for an al-Qaida person, I think you’d pick her, out of 100 people, 99th or something.” Siddiqui, whom authorities believe has returned to Pakistan, attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a biology degree in February 1995, said MIT spokesman Ken Campbell. At Brandeis University, the school’s Web site lists a student by her name as the author of a doctoral thesis on neurological science in 2001. Full Story

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