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Officials: Al-Qaida-linked militant involved in reporter's death also plotted to kill Pakistan leader

An al-Qaida-linked militant sought by Pakistan for the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl played a key role in two assassination attempts against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, senior security officials said Friday. A manhunt is under way for Amjad Hussain Farooqi, who has been missing since Pearl was abducted in the southern city of Karachi in January 2002 while going to what he believed was an interview with a militant leader. Pearl’s captors beheaded him and released a videotape of his death. On Friday, senior Pakistani security officials said on condition of anonymity that Farooqi played a central role in two failed attempts in December to blow up Musharraf’s motorcade. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 bloodless coup, is detested by Islamic extremists for allying Pakistan with the United States in the war on terror. Full Story

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