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Al Qaeda fighters fleeing Tora Bora

Ferreted out by relentless American bombing and intense ground attacks, Al Qaeda fighters are fleeing from their positions in the Tora Bora mountain with US special forces and Afghan opposition militiamen hot on their heels, reports said.

Almost 200 Al Qaeda fighters -- all of them Arabs and Chechens -- have been killed in the past two weeks of heavy bombing on the Tora Bora cave network, even as hundred are reportedly trying to make a break for the Pakistan border.

However, the whereabouts of the prime target of the US mission in Afghanistan -- Saudi renegade Osama bin Laden -- is still unknown.

Some reports last week had said that Osama's radio messages giving instructions to his fighters entrenched in the Tora Bora mountain were intercepted, giving rise to the speculation that he was still trapped in the Tora Bora cave network.

Meanwhile, Afghan opposition commanders said the US bombing missions on Tora Bora had killed three of their fighters, adding that the Americans were careless in their targeting.

An agency report quoting an Afghan opposition commander Auzubillah said opposition forces clashed with retreating Al Qaeda fighters, killing two of them and capturing five.

Captured Al Qaeda members were led down the mountainside on mules amid intermittent snow and many were crying, the report said.

The report added that 13 captured fighters -- four of them seriously wounded -- were being held in the mountains by men under commander Haji Zahir.

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