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Pakistan Taliban Says Bin Laden Is Still Alive, Geo Says

May 2 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan’s Taliban said al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still alive and reports of his death are baseless, Karachi-based GEO Television reported, citing a statement from the group.

Bin Laden, founder of the terrorist network responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, was killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces early yesterday at a house where he had been hiding, President Barack Obama said in Washington. The strike came after years of “painstaking” work by the American intelligence community, he said.

The U.S. determined that bin Laden was living in a home in a compound in the town of Abbottabad, Obama said. The compound had been under surveillance since at least last September, according to administration officials who briefed reporters after Obama spoke.

One of bin Laden’s sons was killed in the operation, Pakistan’s Dunya television reported, without saying where it obtained the information. Two of his wives and six of his children were taken into custody by security forces, Dunya said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khurrum Anis in Karachi at kkhan14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Naween Mangi at nmangi1@bloomberg.net

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