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Karzai Says Bin Laden Not In Afghanistan


http://gdb.rferl.org/928216BF-0DBE-4BA8-ACCB-688B94A746C6_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/928216BF-0DBE-4BA8-ACCB-688B94A746C6_mw800_mh600.jpg President Hamid Karzai (file photo) 8 July 2005 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today that Osama bin Laden is not in Afghanistan, but gave no suggestion of where he thinks the Al-Qaeda leader may be hiding.

His comment came three days after Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said bin Laden is not in Pakistan and could be hiding in southeastern Afghanistan.

U.S. officials believe bin Laden is somewhere in the rugged mountains between the two nations.

Also today, Karzai joined condemnation from around the Muslim world of yesterday's bomb attacks that left at least 49 people dead in London. British officials say the blasts bear all the signs of an Al-Qaeda attack.

Karzai called the bombings an attack "against all of mankind."

"This is an attack, not against the city, this is an attack, not against a nation, this was an attack against the whole of mankind," Karzai said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Taliban, Abdul Latif Hakimi, said the British people are paying the price for what he called the "evil deeds" of their rulers.

(AP)

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