Russia Assists US in Hunt for Osama Bin Laden

The Hunt for Bin Laden

The Hunt for Bin Laden

Moscow is assisting the US in the search for Al-Qaeda head, Osama Bin Laden, and wants Washington’s help against Russia’s most-wanted terrorist, Chechen militant Doku Umarov, a senior Russian official has said.

“I definitely know that we assisted and continue to provide concrete assistance in the search for and capture of Osama Bin Laden. Specifically in the search,” special presidential representative for international cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime Anatoly Safonov told Itar-Tass. No further details, however, were disclosed.

As for the assistance from the American side, Safonov said that the US had several times informed Moscow about terrorist acts planned on Russian soil. “That is a reality, which is not one-time and fragmentary. It is developing into an ongoing practice,” he said.

Safonov is currently in Washington co-chairing a meeting of the Russia-US working group on fighting terrorism.

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