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Thursday, 21 February, 2002, 21:53 GMT
Newspaper says Daniel Pearl is dead
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US journalist Daniel Pearl, abducted in Pakistan in January as he tried to meet Islamic militants, is now believed dead.

His employer, the Wall Street Journal, made the announcement on Thursday.

The publisher of the Wall Street Journal, Peter Kann, said that reports from the US State Department and police reports from the Pakistani province of Sind led them to believe Mr Pearl had been killed.

Other reports said that the FBI had obtained a videotape, which appears to show that Mr Pearl was dead.

The kidnappers of Mr Pearl had threatened to kill him in retaliation for the US treatment of suspected Islamic militants captured in Afghanistan.

They released photographs of the veteran reporter being held captive and threatened by a pistol.

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