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Widow of Daniel Pearl Sues Al-Qaida Terrorists, Pakistani Bank

The widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has sued al-Qaida, other radical groups and one of Pakistan's largest banks, blaming them for the torture and murder of her husband.

In her lawsuit, Mariane Pearl alleges Habib Bank Limited knowingly provided financial services to charities linked to extremist groups. It says with the bank's backing, terrorists kidnapped, tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl and broadcast the images.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount of money.

Daniel Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief of the Journal when he was kidnapped in the Pakistani city of Karachi in January 2002 while seeking an interview with suspected Islamist militants.

A videotape of Pearl's killing was sent to the U.S. embassy in Karachi.

British-born militant Omar Sheikh and three other men have been convicted of his murder.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.