Geologist: I know where bin Laden is

Oct. 16, 2001 at 1:19 PM
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OMAHA, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- University of Nebraska-Omaha geologist Jack Shroder says he knows where Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden is hiding.

Shroder, who has done research in Afghanistan, says he recognized the rock formations that served as a background for the taped remarks bin Laden made after the United States began bombing the Asian country 10 days ago.

Shroder said while he was watching the bin Laden tape, "I turned to my wife and told her I know where he is."

Shroder told the Omaha World-Herald he has received a number of calls about the tape but would not say whether any were from the federal government.

He said the type of rock visible in the tape is found in only two provinces of Afghanistan -- Paktia and Paktika -- about 125 miles from Kabul. The area, he said, is riddled with caves and controlled by the Pushtuns, one of five ethnic groups vying for control of the country. The others are the Uzbeks, Tajiks, Hazaras and Turkmen.

Shroder, who has been at UNO since 1969, made his first trip to Afghanistan in 1973 and a subsequent trip in 1977, funded by the National Science Foundation to map the country for the State Department.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he conducted geological research in Pakistan.

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