Mohammed 'may have murdered journalist'

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Mohammed 'may have murdered journalist'
Wed Mar 5 02:11:27 2003
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Mohammed 'may have murdered journalist'

The alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks could also be accused of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

 

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Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was arrested on Saturday in Rawalpindi in Pakistan.

A Pakistani intelligence official claims one of the men who led authorities to Pearl's body last May implicated Mohammed in the murder.

Pearl was kidnapped on January 23 last year while he was investigating links between Islamic extremist groups in Pakistan and the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid.

A month later a videotape of his killing was given to the US Consulate in Karachi.

US counter terrorism officials said they have no information that suggests Mohammed performed or directed the killing of Pearl. It is not known if he was even aware of the plot beforehand, the officials said.

In Washington yesterday, US President George W Bush expressed his appreciation to General Musharraf for Pakistan's help in the arrest, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

he said: "This is a very serious development and a blow to al-Qaida."
 

 

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