Taliban spokesman: Militant leader in Pakistan

January 18, 2007 02:43

A captured Taliban spokesman has told Afghan agents that the hard-line militia's chief Mullah Omar lives in southwestern Pakistan and is protected by that country's powerful intelligence service, according to video of his questioning given to reporters. Pakistan called the claim "totally baseless." Omar's whereabouts have been a mystery since he went into hiding after the Taliban was toppled by a US-led invasion after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The U.S. government has offered a US$10 million (€7.8 million) bounty for his capture. Mohammad Hanif, a Taliban spokesman apprehended Monday near the border with Pakistan, talked about Omar during his interrogation by Afghanistan's intelligence service, which distributed to reporters a video CD of what it said was his questioning.

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