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Bin Laden's death unconfirmed: Afghan Taliban

The Afghan Taliban said today they had not seen sufficient evidence yet, to convince them that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead, their first comment since US officials said the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks was killed in Pakistan.

world Updated: May 03, 2011 21:07 IST

The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had not seen sufficient evidence yet, to convince them that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead, their first comment since US officials said the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks was killed in Pakistan.

"As the Americans did not provide any acceptable evidence to back up their claim, and as the other aides close to Osama bin Laden have not confirmed or denied the death ... therefore the Islamic Emirate consider any assertion premature," said a statement emailed to media by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.