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Pakistan checks Bin Laden claims

Pakistani intelligence officials have confirmed that a suspected al-Qaeda leader did claim to have met Osama Bin Laden in December. Rumours of a recent meeting between the captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – said to be the mastermind of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States – and Osama Bin Laden have been circulating since he was arrested in Pakistan earlier this month. Now senior members of Pakistan’s InterServices Intelligence (ISI) agency say that Sheikh Mohammed did claim to have met Bin Laden. But the officials – whose agency questioned the suspect before he was handed over to US authorities – say they are not convinced by Sheikh Mohammed’s statements. The information comes as questioning continues in Pakistan of an Iraqi and two Afghans suspected of having links to Bin Laden’s network. There have also been reports that Bin Laden’s sons had also been detained at the end of last week, but US and Pakistani officials have denied these. Full Story

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