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'Escape' tunnel found in Pakistan hunt for top Al-Qaeda-linked target

Pakistan’s military said that a top Al-Qaeda-linked target being hunted by troops in the country’s northwest tribal region may have escaped through a newly-built tunnel uncovered amid a temporary halt to fighting. Brigadier Mehmood Shah, chief of security for the northwest tribal region, told reporters the tunnel ran from the homes of two tribesmen wanted for sheltering Al-Qaeda fugitives and emerged at a stream 1.2 kilometres (one mile) away. The discovery came as a delegation of elders tried Monday to negotiate the surrender of Al-Qaeda fighters believed to be protecting a senior militant leader. Firing halted early Monday after intense exchanges overnight between troops and an estimated 500 tribesmen and militants, now believed to be mostly radical Uzbek or Chechen fugitives who fled to Pakistan after the 2001 US-led offensive in Afghanistan. Full Story

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