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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 May, 2003, 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK
Pakistan police arrest militant
Police in Pakistan's Punjab province have arrested a known militant, who they say, had given his "blessings to the murder of the American journalist, Daniel Pearl".

Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl was killed last year
The arrest was made in a southern Punjab town nearly 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Multan.

A reward of two million rupees (more than $30,000) was offered for 30-year-old Abdul Hayee who was said to be a suspect in a number of sectarian attacks.

Speaking to the BBC from the southern Punjab town of Muzaffargarh, District Police Chief Salman Chaudhri said the man was the head of a spiritual cell within an outlawed Sunni group, Lashkar-i-Jhangavi.

The organisation has been linked to the 2002 murder of Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter, as well as a Karachi car bombing that same year that killed 14, including 11 Frenchmen.

Mr Chaudhri added that Abdul Hayee had received training in suicide bombing in Afghanistan.


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