Report: Bin Laden alive, met last month with now seized chief operational lieutenant
Osama bin Laden met with his now seized chief operational lieutenant in Pakistan last month, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Details of the meeting were discovered in material seized Saturday during the arrest by Pakistani and U.S. agents of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. The Times said Mohammed met with bin Laden in February in the city of Rawalpindi.
"There is now no doubt that he (bin Laden) is alive and well," a senior Pakistani government official told The Times. "We have documents that show he is alive and in this region."
The American newspaper quoted officials in Washington as saying a meeting between the two men would suggest that bin Laden was still in charge of his al Qaeda network and was planning another attack on U.S. or allied interests.
The Times said evidence of the meeting between the two men came from documents, CD-ROM's and a computer discovered when Mohammed was arrested in Islamabad.
The Times quoted another Pakistani official as saying Mohammed had told his captors of his meeting with bin Laden, but al Qaeda's alleged chief operational lieutenant refused to provide more details. (Albawaba.com)
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