ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani paramilitary forces killed one of the most wanted militants in the country Sunday, a government official said.
Amjad Hussain Farooqi was killed in an early morning raid in Nawab Shah, southern Pakistan, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told CNN.
Several others were arrested in the raid, he said.
A U.S. official told CNN it was not certain Farooqi had been killed, but “that appears to be the case.”
Farooqi is believed to have been involved in assassination attempts against Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, and also in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, the U.S. official said.
“Farooqi was a key al Qaeda figure, a real bad guy,” said the official.
Asked if there was any U.S. government involvement in the operation that led to the killing, the official said: “We work very closely with the Pakistanis in efforts to thwart terrorism” but refused to comment specifically.