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Pakistan Targets Militants in Search For Kidnapped Reporter - 2002-02-06

Investigators in Pakistan say they have narrowed their search for kidnapped American journalist Daniel Pearl to an outlawed Islamic militant group, which is allegedly linked to terror suspect Osama bin Laden. Mr. Pearl's wife has again pleaded for his release.

Pakistani police say they have made progress in the hunt for missing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

They have detained three men in Karachi suspected of sending e-mail messages with pictures of Mr. Pearl on behalf of the kidnappers. Police have also seized a computer that was used to send those messages.

The three men are linked with a banned Islamic militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, suspected of having links with accused terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Pakistani authorities have arrested more than a dozen people in connection with Mr. Pearl's kidnapping. But none of them have indicated they have any knowledge of his abduction.

The American reporter disappeared in Karachi two-weeks ago, while trying to investigate links between Pakistani Islamic militants and terrorist acts in the United States.

Among other things, Mr. Pearl's kidnappers have demanded that Pakistani prisoners being held by the United States from the war on terrorism be released.