Nation

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.

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

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

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