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Lindh wants more prayer sessions

INDIANAPOLIS — A lawyer who helped American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and other Muslim inmates to hold daily group prayers said he will ask a judge to allow them to pray together five times a day, as Islam requires.

Chris Burke, a Bureau of Federal Prisons spokesman, said that since March 12, ­inmates housed in the Terre Haute federal prison’s Communications Management Unit have been allowed to pray together three times per day.

Those housed in Lindh’s unit are considered extreme security risks.

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Lindh was captured in ­Afghanistan in 2001 by US troops. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to supplying services to the now-defunct Taliban government and carrying explosives for them. He is eligible for release in 2019.

Associated Press