In Pakistan, A Suspect Disappears

One of the men who conspired to kill President Pervez Musharraf has escaped

A series of powerful al-Qaeda bombs blew up seconds after President Pervez Musharraf's limousine crossed a bridge near Pakistan's heavily guarded capital of Islamabad on Dec. 14, 2003. Musharraf, a military autocrat and key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism, narrowly avoided being blown to bits. Sources tell TIME a suspect detained for conspiring to kill Musharraf has escaped from the custody of state security in the port city of Karachi. According to senior state-security sources in Pakistan, the escapee "disappeared" after a "security lapse" around the New Year's holiday, prompting a nationwide manhunt, kept secret until now. An unpublicized...

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