Death of bin Laden's deputy confirmed


The Taliban today confirmed that Mr Mohammad Atef, a deputy of Osama bin Laden, was killed by US airstrikes.

The Pakistan-based news agency (Afghan Islamic Press) said the death was confirmed by Mr Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan. It was first reported by the Pentagon on Friday.

"Ambassador Abdul Salam Zaeef has confirmed to AIP the death of Osama bin Laden's deputy Mohammad Atef, who is also known as Abu Hafs."

Mr Zaeef was quoted as saying that Mr Atef was "martyred in the US bombing of Kabul," but he gave no other details.