Osama bin Laden, the international terrorist number one, is hiding in the town of Kunduz in Northern Afghanistan, the Orient Press analytical centre for the Northern Alliance reported on Saturday. According to its data, Arab and Pakistani mercenaries guard bin Laden. There are approximately 20,000 fighters in the town including those from Islamic movement of Uzbekistan, Chechens and Uigurs. Kunduz is surrounded from four sides. Fighting to seize the town is continuing notwithstanding the beginning of the Ramadan, the Holy Month for all Muslims. At the same time, Muhammed Dawud Han, the commander of the Talukan front, is negotiating with Taliban field commanders to persuade them to surrender and stop useless bloodshed.
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