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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pakistan Kills Terror Suspect

KARACHI, Pakistan -- Pakistani security forces arrested more suspected Islamic militants Monday, a day after they shot dead a key suspect wanted in a failed attempt on President Pervez Musharraf's life and the killing of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl.

Security forces shot dead Amjad Hussain Farooqi, described as one of the principal members of al-Qaida in Pakistan, in a gun battle Sunday afternoon in the southern city of Nawabshah. Two other men, caught during the siege, were under interrogation.

Farooqi, who had a price of 20 million rupees ($338,000) on his head, was considered the main local planner in a suicide attack on Musharraf's motorcade on Dec. 25 last year that killed 15 people and wounded 45.

He was also one of seven men wanted in the 2002 kidnapping and slaying of Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter.

Farooqi's death prompted authorities in Karachi to issue a red alert at foreign missions, government offices and places of worship to counter any retaliatory terror assaults by extremists.

Fayyaz Leghari, a deputy inspector general of police, said Farooqi had connections with foreign militants and was the main organizer and facilitator of major terror attacks in Pakistan.

Sheikh Omar, a British-born Islamic militant in jail under sentence to hang for his role in Pearl's murder, named Farooqi as one of the conspirators, Leghari said.