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Jailed Doctor Who Helped Locate Bin Laden On Hunger Strike

Jamil Afridi
Jamil Afridi
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The Pakistani doctor who helped the United States hunt down Osama bin Laden has started a hunger strike to protest his living conditions.

Prison officials in Peshawar say Shakil Afridi is in solitary confinement as punishment for an unsanctioned media interview he gave in September.

His brother Jamil says Afridi has since been ill-treated and has not been allowed to see relatives.

Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison in May for alleged links with a banned militant group.

The sentence was widely seen as punishment for his role in last year's raid that killed bin Laden.

Afridi helped the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency locate the Al-Qaeda leader by using a fake vaccination campaign to obtain DNA samples from bin Laden family members.

With reporting by, Reuters, and the BBC

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