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Tuesday, October 09, 2001, updated at 18:17(GMT+8)

Taliban leader, bin Laden Still Alive in Afghanistan: Ambassador

Ruling Taliban's leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and bin Laden were still alive in Afghanistan after U.S. and Britain launched the first daylight bombing attacks on Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar.

This was disclosed by Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salem Zaeef at a press conference here.

U.S. and British warplanes early Tuesday conducted first daylight bombing raid on the Taliban's stronghold of Kandahar since the start of the strikes on Sunday night.Tens of Afghan civilians have been killed in U.S.led air strikes.

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Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had escaped US-led air strikes around his house in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday.

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