Authorities seek information on Pakistani woman in terrorist probe

FBI believes she traveled through Gaithersburg

March 26, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

State and federal authorities renewed their call yesterday for public help in spotting potential terrorist activity, with local FBI agents specifically asking for tips to locate a Pakistani woman wanted for questioning in a national terrorism investigation.

Gary M. Bald, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore field office, said Aafia Siddiqui is believed to have traveled through the Gaithersburg area in December or January.

FBI officials want to interview her in a terrorism investigation headed by the bureau's Boston office.

Siddiqui, 31, is a Pakistani national who was traveling on a U.S. visa and has studied at American universities. Bald described her as holding a doctorate in neurological science and said she could be traveling with her three children, ages 9 months, 3 and 6.

Siddiqui is not charged with any crimes.

The request for help locating her came as Bald and Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Edward T. Norris announced new public contact information for the Maryland Joint Terrorism Task Force, a multiagency effort to coordinate antiterrorism investigations in the state.

People with tips about possible suspicious activity can reach the task force at 410-944-7988 or 866-258-5883. The task force also can be reached by e-mail at maryland.jttf@fbi.gov.

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