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Pakistan, US deny reports that bin Laden sons arrested

US and Pakistani officials denied an announcement by a provincial home minister that two sons of al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden were arrested in a joint US-Afghan-Pakistani operation in southeastern Afghanistan. “There is absolutely no truth in this report. There has been no arrest of this nature,” Pakistan’s Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat told AFP, dismissing claims by Baluchistan province’s home minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri. A US official who spoke on condition of anonymity from Washington also denied the reports of the capture. “It’s not true,” the US official said Friday. “We have absolutely no information to substantiate that.” Zehri earlier had told reporters in the Baluch capital Quetta that he had been informed by intelligence agencies of reports that two bin Laden offspring had been arrested in the operation in the southeast Afghan town of Ribat, where Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani borders meet. “I am in constant touch with the security forces. I was informed by intelligence agencies that the reports coming across the border (from Afghanistan) are that two of Osama’s sons were caught and they were injured,” Zehri said. Full Story

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