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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl killer arrested

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

[caption id="attachment_3406" align="alignright" width="460" caption="Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl"] Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl[/caption]

Islamabad, 02 August, ( Pakistani police officials said Saturday they had arrested a member of an outlawed, al-Qaida-linked group that was suspected of involvement in the 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

A terrorist with links to the al-Qaida has been arrested by authorities in the Pakistani capital, police said on Saturday.

The man, identified by police as Rao Shakir, a member of banned organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was arrested from Bhara Kahu area of Islamabad late on Friday night. He was linked to several terrorist strikes, including a suicide attack on a bus of a spy agency, the suicide bombing of the Marriott Hotel last year and an attack in Rawalpindi.

Officials said police had been hunting for Shakir for a long time. A police spokesman said Shakir's accomplices were arrested earlier. The arrested man also allegedly provided safe houses to militants.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi the militant group is said to be linked Taliban and al-Qaida has been blamed for fomenting sectarian violence and killing scores across Pakistan.

Its members have been accused of attacks against Westerners in Karachi, including Pearl's killing and the September 2008 truck bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad.

The group is also believed responsible for two failed assassination attempts against Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, as well as for several suicide bombings, including one that targeted a bus of Pakistan's premier spy agency, the ISI.

- Asian Tribune -

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