Sunday, September 26, 2004
Pakistani Officials: Troops Kill Top al-Qaida Suspect (Hat tip: Romulus)
Pakistani officials say government troops have killed a gunman believed to be a top Pakistani al-Qaida suspect.
The officials say authorities are trying to determine whether the man, killed Sunday in a raid near the southern port city of Karachi, is Amjad Farooqi, the country's most wanted terrorist.
Local officials say the troops also arrested two accomplices who tried to flee after the gunfight.
Farooqi was allegedly involved in an assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf and was indicted in the murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl.
Pakistan is a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism. Its security forces have been engaged in operations against members of the al-Qaida terrorist network and remnants of Afghanistan's former Taleban regime.