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Wednesday, 27 February, 2002, 19:55 GMT
US offers reward for Pearl killers
Daniel Pearl
Pearl's body has not been found yet
The United States has offered a $5m reward for information leading to the capture of the killers of journalist Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan.

We are outraged by the senseless murder of Daniel Pearl

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher

The US State Department has posted the offer on its Rewards for Justice website and will advertise it in Pakistan, said spokesman Richard Boucher.

Pearl, 38, a Wall Street Journal correspondent, was kidnapped in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on 23 January.

His death by beheading was confirmed in a videotape sent to US officials last week.

The United States has asked Pakistan to hand over British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, known as Sheikh Omar, who is suspected of organising Pearl's kidnapping and murder.

He is currently being held in Pakistan, where he told a court on 14 February that he had masterminded the abduction - an admission made before Pearl's death was confirmed.

Sheikh Omar
Sheikh Omar is the prime suspect in the Pearl case

The US Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday honouring the reporter for his fearless pursuit of journalistic excellence, and expressed condolences to his family.

A group calling itself the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty claimed responsibility for Pearl's kidnap and demanded that the United States release the detainees it is holding at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

The United States offered a $25m cash reward last year for the capture of Osama Bin Laden - suspected of organising the 11 September suicide attacks in New York and Washington.

Daily Jang Pakistani newspaper's Nayyar Zaidi
"He will have to follow some kind of procedure in the country"
See also:

26 Feb 02 | South Asia
Pearl widow backs hunt for killers
25 Feb 02 | South Asia
Pearl kidnap suspect accuses police
20 Nov 01 | South Asia
US broadcasts $25m Bin Laden bounty
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