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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Terror Suspect Possibly Dead in Pakistan

This is good if this is true. Hopefully it was the madman that killed Daniel Pearl.
Sunday September 26, 2004 6:46 PMBy ZARAR KHANAssociated Press WriterKARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Paramilitary police may have killed a suspected top al-Qaida operative Sunday in a four-hour gunbattle during a raid on a house in southern Pakistan that led to the arrest of two other men, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the dead man was thought to be Amjad Hussain Farooqi, who was wanted for his alleged role in the kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.Other intelligence officials said earlier that the raid was launched after police received a tip that Farooqi was hiding in the house.Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao would not confirm any of the three men's identities, or say whether anyone had been killed. He said only that police arrested three Pakistani nationals who were ``possibly involved in terrorist activities inside the country.''``We can't confirm their identities yet,'' he told The Associated Press in Islamabad.He said the men were being interrogated by Pakistani law enforcement agencies.Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its war against international terrorism and has arrested more than 600 al-Qaida suspects, including several senior figures in Osama bin Laden's terror network. Many of them have been handed over to U.S. authorities.The raid took place at a house in Nawabshah, a town about 125 miles northeast of Karachi, a southern port that is Pakistan's biggest city.Local police official Ismail Jamali said two men who tried to flee were arrested and they were led away in blindfolds by intelligence officials. One of those men was wounded in the gunbattle, he said.An intelligence official in Karachi identified the arrested men as Abdul Rehman and Yaqoob Farooqi. It was not immediately clear whether Yaqoob Farooqi was related to Amjad Hussain Farooqi.An official of the paramilitary police, speaking on condition of anonymity, said one suspect he didn't identify was killed in the siege. He said the man had shouted in Urdu, the main language in Pakistan, that he preferred death to capture. The suspect pointed to the sky and shouted: ``I fulfilled my promise to Allah,'' the official said.One woman and two children were also taken from the house. Firefighters were called to put out a blaze in one room that broke out during the gunbattle.After a search, officials left the house carrying three boxes. There was no immediate word on what they contained.

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