Jul 12 2005

First Escapee Recaptured in Afghanistan

Published by at 3:24 pm under All General Discussions

Good news in Afghanistan

One of four Arab al Qaeda militants who escaped from the main US military detention centre in Afghanistan was recaptured on Tuesday, a senior Afghan official said.

The man was found hiding in a mosque about two km northwest of the giant US base at Bagram that houses the prison from which the militants escaped early on Monday, said the official, who did not want to be identified.

“He was found in the mosque at about 9.30 (5.00pm NZT),” he said. “He was hiding there. The others are still at large.” He said the unidentified Arab was recaptured unhurt in an operation involving the Afghan police Rapid Reaction Force and was handed over to US-led forces.

A spokesman for the US military said he had no information to confirm the report, but was checking it.

One down, three to go.

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