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US-trained Pakistani scientist convicted of trying to kill Americans

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In this undated file photo originally released by the FBI, Aafia Siddiqui is shown. (AP Photo/FBI, File) In this undated file photo originally released by the FBI, Aafia Siddiqui is shown. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted a U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist on two counts of attempted murder for firing a rifle at U.S. soldiers while she was under detention in Afghanistan.

Aafia Siddiqui's (ah-FEE'-ah see-DEE'-keez) trial was frequently interupted by her rambling outbursts. Following today's verdict, jurors heard more. As they left the courtroom, Siddiqui shouted: "This is a verdict coming from Israel, not America."

The neuroscience specialist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University before returning to Pakistan in 2003. Prosecutors allege she was carrying bomb-making instructions and a list of New York City landmarks when Afghan police stopped her in 2008.

Testifying in her own defense, Siddiqui claimed she had been tortured and held in a "secret prison" before her detention.

FBI agents and U.S. soldiers told the court that when they went to an Afghan police station to interrogate her, she snatched an unattended assault rifle and shot at them, while yelling "Death to Americans."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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