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Pakistan Arrests Fugitive Convicted of Involvement in Killing French Engineers

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Pakistani authorities have captured an Islamic militant fugitive sentenced to death in absentia for organizing a suicide bombing in Karachi in 2002 that killed 14 people, including 11 French engineers. Police say Mohammad Sohail was captured early on Wednesday during a shoot-out in Karachi, but five of his accomplices managed to escape. The arrested man is a member of the Harkat Jihad-e-Islami group. He was one of three Sunni Muslims convicted in their absence in June 2003 by an anti-terrorism court for organizing the attack. A car packed with explosives blew up outside Karachi's Sheraton Hotel, killing the Frenchmen and three Pakistanis. Police say the fugitive was also involved in the abduction and killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl three years ago.
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