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Qaeda chief behind Pearl abduction

world Updated: May 24, 2011 02:05 IST

Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian militant recently appointed interim leader of al Qaeda operations, has been linked to the killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002, US investigators said in a report.

A Wall Street Journal reporter, Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi and was later beheaded. The findings revealed al-Adel had discussed Pearl’s abduction with Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the accused mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.