Friday, November 11, 2005

Bin Laden dead ........ Again

A Pakistani newspaper claims the founder of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, died in June in a village near the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in the south of Afghanistan. The Awsaf newspaper, based in the city of Multan, reports that the Saudi terror leader fell ill in Bamiyan, the region to the west of the capital Kabul where the Taliban blew up two huge 1,500-year-old Buddha statues in 2001. His protectors then took him back to the Kandahar region, where he died and was buried in a graveyard in the shadow of a mountain, the newspaper says.

Awsaf says the news of bin Laden's death is supported by the fact that it is a year since the last video of the al-Qaeda leader was released. The last audio message attributed to him was issued in December last year, after the attack on the US consulate in the Saudi city of Jeddah, and nothing more has been heard from him for some time.

However, Egyptian lawyer Muntasar al-Zaiyat, who is well-known for his integralist Islamic views, does not believe that bin Laden really is dead. Interviewed by the Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, Zaiyat claims that bin Laden is still alive, but, for security reasons, he prefers not to appear on video so as not to risk being found, leaving this task to his deputy, Egyptian doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri, who has issued several video messages in the last few months, commenting on the London bombings in July and, more recently, calling on Muslims to help the victims of the 8 October earthquake which devastated Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

It is not the first time there has been speculation that bin Laden may be dead. Last week an Indian newspaper claimed that the terror leader was among the victims of the earthquake.

The US has offered a 25 million dollar reward for information leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden, who suffers from kidney disease, which means he must received dialysis treatment several times a week. If not, he would die in within a few days.

Well the death of Bin laden must come as quite a shock to those who went to his Funeral in december 2001 . Still just like the movies i am sure he will make a few more comebacks yet.


Blogger G_in_AL said...

H, put up my post on the WP thing. Didnt focus on the same things you would have, but interested in your thoughts.

November 11, 2005 2:53 pm  

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