The United States is said to have tracked down the worlds most wanted terrorist,Osama bin Laden,in the impenetrable Hindu Kush mountains in Pakistans scenic Chitral region,according to a media report.
America wont say it officially,but the worlds biggest manhunt for bin Laden who murdered nearly 3,000 people on 9/11 has zeroed in on Chitrals stunning peaks and valleys,the New York Daily News reported.
The region has been sealed off to outsiders and is now regularly buzzed by American spy drones,it said.
Six US and foreign officials have also confirmed that the Hindu Kush mountains in the Chitral region have been eyed as bin Ladens hideout since 2006 by Osama hunters aiming for the big kill.
A lengthy review of evidence,including recent Predator fly-bys,bin Ladens tapes since 9/11 and interviews with three dozen experts on al-Qaeda,Pakistan and special operations,point to these vast mountains as Osamas likely haven,the report said.
Two senior foreign officials said the nearby town of Kalam also is suspect.
In fact,drones were first spotted spying on Chitral last summer and were seen again as recently as February 2. It is so far from US-run airfields that drone sorties are limited to just a few hours due to fuelling issues,the report said.
Moreover,Islamic militancy is taking root in several Chitrali valleys leading to Afghan border,prompting Pakistan to decree them off-limits to foreigners,local sources said,reinforcing the suspicion Osama is nearby.