Osama Evaded Pakistan Army - yet again!

Daily Times, Monday, November 21, 2005
‘Osama evaded Pakistani troops’

LONDON: Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden evaded capture by just 30 minutes as Pakistani troops zeroed in on him in a remote village close to the Afghan border earlier this year, reported the Press Trust of India, quoting the British tabloid ‘News of the World’ on Sunday.

The tabloid claimed that data from a cellular phone used by one of Bin Laden’s close aides helped Pakistani troops pinpoint his hideout. But by the time they raided the area Bin Laden had slipped away, it added.

According to PTI, details of the operation were revealed to American interviewer Daphne Barak by President Pervez Musharraf. “It was in the spring. We acted on intelligence reports and were close. Such fleeting opportunities come and either you succeed in a moment or you fail and miss the opportunity for a long time,” the British paper quoted Musharraf as saying in Islamabad. The Pakistani embassy in London confirmed the report this week. “We think we missed Bin Laden by 30 minutes. It was the closest we have been since 2001.” daily times monitor


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