A top Afghan intelligence official reports on Wednesday that his agency received information several months ago bin Laden is hiding in northern Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan.
Pakistani officials have in the past said that the world’s most wanted man was hiding in Kunar. This claim was strongly rejected by Kabul.
The Afghan intelligence official said "We’ve received new information that he is hiding in Chitral. We got the information about his presence in that area about four, five months ago,”.
US authorities have also said previously that the fugitive Al-Qaida chief had taken refuge in Chitral and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is also in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
Thousands of US and NATO soldiers are based in Afghanistan hunting for the pair and fighting back an Al-Qaida-backed insurgency the Taliban launched after they were ousted from government in 2001.