- ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani
newspaper said on Wednesday that Saudi militant Osama bin Laden (news
- web sites) had denied responsibility for the terror attacks in the United
- ``The terrorist act is the action of some American group.
I have nothing to do with it,'' the newspaper Khabrain quoted bin Laden
as saying through "sources close to the Taliban.''
- The Urdu-language newspaper has a reputation for sensational
reporting and there was no independent confirmation of the claim.
- Two hijacked U.S. commercial planes slammed into the
twin towers of the World Trade Center on Tuesday, causing both 110-story
landmarks to collapse and killing thousands. Another hijacked plane crashed
into the Pentagon (news - web sites) in Washington.
- Bin Laden, who commands Islamic fundamentalists willing
to die attacking the United States which they see as the ultimate enemy,
has been the target of a massive U.S. manhunt since 1998 when bomb attacks
on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people and injured
- Bin Laden is believed to live amid tight security near
the Taliban's spiritual capital in the southern Afghan town of Kandahar
or in the eastern town of Jalalabad, and the Taliban have rebuffed all
attempts from abroad to secure his deportation.
- The English-language News described the U.S. attacks
as ''Doomsday for U.S.''
- The paper said the attacks provided an occasion for the
United States and other countries to ponder their foreign policy.
- ``For the rest of world it is time that a policy review
is undertaken on all major flash-points -- the Middle East -- followed
by South Asia where Kashmir (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news
- web sites)...provide justification to militants to adopt violent ways
to seek justice,'' the paper said.