Osama leaves for 'safer' place?

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18 September 2001 Tuesday 29 Jamadi-us-Saani 1422

Osama leaves for 'safer' place?

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR, Sept 17: Osama bin Laden on Sunday took oath of allegiance from 500 of his Arab supporters in Kabul before shifting to some other place, according to a source in Kabul.

The source quoting an Arab said on Monday that Osama took the oath at Chahar-i-Ansari in Kabul. "The fidayeen were all Arabs who vowed to fight to the last man," the source quoted the Arab as saying.

According to the source, Osama said goodbye to his comrades-in-arms before disappearing with his bodyguards on horses.

"They left behind the vehicles and left on horses," he said. "He must have gone to some place which is not motorable," the source speculated.

Osama is known for his fondness for horse-riding. He owns several horses at his two farms in Ningarhar and Kandahar.


-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), September 18, 2001

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