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N Alliance captures member of Al Qaeda

In what could be crucial in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Northern Alliance has arrested an Egyptian member of the Al Qaeda terrorist network, who is believed to be close to the Saudi renegade.

"Within the last 24 hours we can confirm that the United Front (Northern Alliance) forces have captured Ahmed Umar Abdul Rehman and we can expect him to be handed over to us shortly," the United States-led coalition spokesman, Kenton Keith, told reporters in Islamabad on Friday.

"His name has been closely associated with Osama bin Laden and with the training of Al Qaeda and international terrorist group members," he said.

Rehman's capture is the first confirmed arrest of an Al Qaeda member since the September 11 terror attacks in the US.

Keith said the hold of the Taleban over Afghanistan is crumbling and fierce fighting is continuing in some areas.

However, there are pockets of strong resistance and groups of armed Taleban fighters are still engaged in combat, he added.

Keith also rejected the demand of Amnesty International, the human rights watchdog, to hold an inquiry into the prison uprising in Mazar-e-Sharif by the surrendered Taleban supporters, saying that there was no evidence that unarmed prisoners were killed in the incident.

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