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Pak reinforces troops along Afghanistan border

Pakistan has reinforced its troops and intensified air and ground vigil along the porous 2500-km border with Afghanistan following reports that Osama bin Laden and possibly Taliban chief Mullah Omar might flee to the country.

Troops were rushed specially to the Kurram Agency in North West Frontier Province, home to a large number of pro-Taliban Pushtoon tribals.

"We are not ruling out the possibility of bin Laden moving towards Parchinar in the Kurram Agency," a border official said.

The Kurram Agency borders Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province and the Tora Bora caves in which Laden is suspected to be hiding.

He quoted intelligence reports as saying that over 1300 Arab fighters, all associates of bin Laden, have started moving east of Tora Bora towards Pakistan in two groups.

"The advance of the groups towards Pakistan border strengthened the suspicion of bin Laden's movement," the official said.

Both these groups have converged at Maqlva and Spin Shikargah towns of Afghanistan which were adjacent to Parchinar town, he said.

The possibility of Omar fleeing to Pakistan has also not been ruled out, as the Taliban chief who escaped from Kandahar with several of his troops appeared desperate, the official said.

In view of this security has been tightened at Chaman in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, which is close to the Afghan town of Kandahar from where Omar fled on Friday.

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