GOING WITHOUT A PRAYER

AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW THE FBI AND CIA NABBED AN INFAMOUS SUSPECT AFTER A GLOBAL, FOUR-YEAR MANHUNT

When Mir Aimal Kansi heard a soft knock on his hotel-room door at 4 a.m. last Sunday, he thought it was a call to prayer. Like most observant Muslims, Kansi prays five times a day, beginning at around 4:30 a.m. And certainly Kansi had a lot weighing on his soul. An accused killer, he was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, and had been on the run for four years. Now he was holed up in the Shalimar Hotel, a seedy establishment in Dera Ghazi Khan, a city in central Pakistan. He groggily opened his door.

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