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Osama bin Laden captured: IRNA news agency
www.chinaview.cn 2004-02-28 21:23:55

   TEHRAN, Feb. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Osama bin Laden has been captured ina tribal region in Pakistan, the IRNA news agency quoted Iran'sstate radio as saying on Saturday.

   The radio's external service, broadcast in Pushtu, said USSecretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's trip to Pakistan on Thursday had been made in connection with the capture.

   "The capture of the al-Qaida leader has been made sometime before, but (US President George W.) Bush is intending to announceit when the American presidential election is held," the radiosaid.

   Contacted by IRNA, an Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting(IRIB) announcer at the Pushtu service confirmed the news, saying that they had got it from a "very reliable source" in Peshawar, Pakistan.

   The Saudi-born dissident has been accused of masterminding the Sept. 11 terror attacks on American landmarks in New York and Washington in 2001, which killed thousands of people.

   The United States has offered 25 million dollars' bounty on hishead.

   The capture has not been confirmed by US and Pakistani officials.  Enditem

 

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