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Pakistan Says Arrest Brings Leads on Bin Laden

A top Osama bin Laden aide arrested last week has given information helping investigators close in on the al Qaeda leader and told them he met bin Laden in December, Pakistan’s intelligence agency said on Monday. Pakistan’s powerful military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) said the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in the city of Rawalpindi on March 1 indicated the hunt for the world’s most wanted man was moving forward. “Progressively we are moving,” a senior intelligence official told foreign journalists in the first press conference by the ISI in the history of Pakistan. But the official said he was not sure whether to believe Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, when he said he had met bin Laden because he had refused to say where the meeting had taken place. “He confirmed he met him in December,” the official said. “I don’t believe him unless he tells us the locations and gives us witnesses.” The ISI showed journalists a grainy video purporting to show the night-time raid on the house where they say Mohammed was seized, along with a key financier of the hijack plane attacks, Saudi national Ahmed al-Hawsawi. But the video did not show Mohammed’s face — just his back and neck before his head was hooded — nor any sign of the struggle which officials say took place. Officials say Mohammed shot one intelligence agent in the foot with an AK-47 assault rifle during the raid. Full Story

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