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October 27, 2004
FBI Investigating Bin Laden Sighting In Pakistan

CQ reader Bill W, who works homeland security in the private sector, sent me this article from the South Asia Tribune that reports that the FBI is investigating sightings of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, near the borders with India and China:

Fugitive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been spotted in the Tibet-Laddakh region, close to the North-Eastern tip of Pakistan, bordering India and China, Indian and US officials believe.

A high-ranking official of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) flew from Islamabad on Sunday to meet top Indian officials here in Delhi after reports of Bin Ladens presence in the region.

According to sources, following the meeting between Indian security bosses and the FBI, the New Delhi Government has put its security forces in the North Western region, specially the Kashmir Valley, on 'red alert.'

Sources in New Delhi suspect that bin Laden may have made his way into the disputed Kashmir region in recent weeks with help from sympathetic elements within the Pakistani Army. They recently noted increased chatter between Islamist terror groups, with radio traffic urging major operations against military and civilian targets within Kashmir and Pakistan. If bin Laden has arrived there recently, it would indicate that AQ and related organizations may be planning something big -- something that could touch off a shooting war between the two regional nuclear powers if misunderstood.

All forces in the area have gone to a "red alert" status. If Osama pokes his head up, a number of people would like to get their shot at it. More as this develops ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 27, 2004 12:33 PM

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