Daniel Pearl murder: two arrested

Two suspected militants have been arrested in Pakistan over the 2002 kidnapping and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl.

Attaur Rehman and Faisal Bhatti were arrested yesterday in Kashmor, a town 300 miles north-east of Karachi, said Saghir Mugheri, an area police officer.

Mugheri said both men were alleged members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant organisation linked to al Qaida. He said they were suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl.

Mugheri said police seized them in a car travelling toward Baluchistan province and that weapons and explosives were found in the vehicle.

Pearl was abducted from Karachi in January 2002 while researching a story on Islamic militancy. His remains were later found in a shallow grave in Karachi’s eastern outskirts.

Pakistan has convicted several men for links to Pearl’s killing. British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh was sentenced to death in July 2002 and his three accomplices were given life prison terms. Their appeals are pending before the Sindh High Court.

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