Monday, November 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Laden ‘hiding’ near Jalalabad

New York, November 25
Osama bin Laden has been spotted in recent days at a large and well-fortified encampment, 56 km southwest of Jalalabad, according to an official with the new self-proclaimed government quoted in the New York Times today.

The official, Hazarat Ali, recently appointed Law and Order Minister in three eastern Afghanistan provinces under the week-old government, told the Times that Bin Laden had been seen near Tora Bora, a village where two valleys meet in deep mountains in Nangarhar province.

“We have some people who told us that three or four days ago, Osama Bin Laden was in Tora Bora,” Ali said.

“He is moving at night on horseback,” he said, citing informants. “At night he sleeps in caves.”

Tora Bora encampment reportedly lies along a ridge of White Mountains, and cannot easily be reached except on horseback. AFP

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