Daniel Pearl murder suspect caught in Pakistan

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More than a decade after four terrorists were imprisoned for the murder of Daniel Pearl, another suspect has been arrested in the gruesome death of the American journalist four months after 9/11.

Pakistani paramilitary forces have arrested militant leader Qari Abdul Hayee, popularly known as Asadullah. He was captured during a raid on Sunday in Karachi and is apparently being questioned about his possible role in the kidnapping and beheading of Pearl in the winter of 2002, said two paramilitary officials.

Pearl, a former reporter with The Berkshire Eagle and North Adams Transcript, was working for the Wall Street Journal in Pakistan in January 2002, when he was abducted. A month later a video of his execution by Islamic terrorists was delivered to the U.S. consulate in Karachi.

In June 2002, four men were convicted in a Pakistani court of being the masterminds behind Pearl's death. Seven others charged in the case were tried and sentenced in absentia, two of them later killed in encounters with police.

The latest suspect in Pearl's murder, Qari Abdul Hayee, is a former leader of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group in southern Sindh province. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is a radical Sunni Muslim militant group that has carried out many attacks in Pakistan, especially against minority Shiite Muslims.

In the latest attack, a pair of suicide bombers struck a court complex in the northwestern city of Peshawar. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

One of the attackers was shot to death, but the other detonated his explosives in a packed courtroom, killing four people and wounding more than 40 in the attack.

The attack came as the Pakistani Taliban withdrew their offer of holding peace talks with the government, saying that the authorities were not serious about following through with negotiations.


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