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Former Osama associate captured in Balkh

Former Osama associate captured in Balkh

Jun 02, 2011 - 17:38

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A joint Afghan-international security force captured a senior Al Qaeda operative and former associate of Osama bin Laden in northern Balkh province, NATOinfo-icon said on Thursday.

The man was arrested during an operation in Nahr-i-Saraj district on Wednesday, the alliance said in a statement, which neither released the detainee's name nor other details.

The detainee was based in Pakistaninfo-icon and was a former associate of the Al Qaeda chief, who was killed in a US raid in Pakistan last month. The alliance also said the man may have been with Osama in 2001.

A total of 35 people associated with Al Qaeda and the Talibaninfo-icon have been captured in Balkh during that period.


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