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Suspect: bin Laden Living in Border Area

Osama bin Laden is alive, in good health and living in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the suspected No. 3 al-Qaida leader told his interrogators after being captured last weekend, a Pakistani intelligence official said Thursday. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said he met with bin Laden in recent weeks using a complicated network of phone calls, runners and intermediaries to line up the visit, said the official, who participated in the interrogation. The meeting took place in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province or in the rugged mountain peaks that run along the border with Afghanistan, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Mohammed said he didn’t know bin Laden’s exact whereabouts now, but that he was in the region, according to the official. Mohammed was captured last Saturday in a joint raid by Pakistani and CIA operatives on a house in Rawalpindi, a bustling city adjacent to the capital. The official said Mohammed was interrogated for several hours by both Pakistani agents and CIA agents before being handed over to U.S. authorities and taken out of the country to an undisclosed location. Full Story

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