Coalition Spokesman: Omar Close to Capture

Published December 7th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Afghan tribal forces are close to catching Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar following the Islamic militia's surrender of its stronghold Kandahar, a US official said Friday. 

US-led coalition spokesman Kenton Keith said Omar was believed to be in Kandahar despite reports from the city's new tribal council that he had disappeared as the Taliban gave up or fled. 

"The opposition forces are closing in on him and we expect at some point, within a reasonable period, he will be in the hands of the opposition and we hope to cooperate in bringing him to justice," Keith told reporters here -- ISLAMABAD (AFP) 

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