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Militant in President Musharraf Assassination Plot Escapes

Pakistani authorities are hunting for a militant who escaped from custody after being detained in connection with a plot to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf in December 2003.

Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed confirmed Tuesday that Mushtaq Ahmed had escaped but did not provide any details.

The French News Agency says the man has been on the run for nearly seven weeks since he vanished after being allowed to go the bathroom at the detention facility near Rawalpindi, a garrison city adjacent to Islamabad.

There were two failed attempts on Mr. Musharraf's life in December 2003. The Pakistani leader has angered many extremist groups by his support for the U.S.-led war on terrorism.