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Bin Laden alive, moving around, says Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri says Al-Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden is "alive and moving around" from place-to-place but "not with a large number of people." Talking to newsmen in Karachi, the minister said he (Osama) would have been detected had he been moving around with a large number of people.

He added that Pakistan Army had paralyzed Al-Qaeda's
communications network and vastly reduced its capacity to strike, according to the Pak 'News' daily.

Osama, a Saudi dissident blamed for the 9/11 events in the United States, has been living in hiding ever since then.

Media reports have been speculating about his whereabouts from time to time.

On May 2, Pakistan said it captured Abu Farraj al-Libbi, introduced as "al-Qaida's No. 3", and allegedly masterminding the December 2003 assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who both escaped unharmed.

Pakistan has so far handed more than 500 al-Qaeda suspects to US officials.

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