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Musharraf: Bin Laden may be in Pakistan

Suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden may still be in Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf has told the Asian Wall Street Journal. In remarks published Monday, Musharraf told the newspaper the al-Qaida leader may be in his country with a small posse of bodyguards to avoid the massive manhunt that is being conducted to net him and other top leaders of al-Qaida. “If he (bin Laden) is relegated to that position, where his group is forced or divided into small packets, now a small packet with him coming on our side and now hiding in one area, a house or a room, is a possibility,” Musharraf told the newspaper. Pakistan’s military ruler had previously said the man believed to be behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington was probably dead. U.S. and Pakistani forces have been seeking bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders since the Sept. 11 attacks. His whereabouts are unknown though he is reported to be living in the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Top al-Qaida leaders have been netted in operations in the past month. These include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al-Qaida’s operational commander. Full Story

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