US can't confirm bin Laden death report
Sunday Sep 24 09:00 AEST
The US government is unable to confirm a French newspaper report that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is believed to have died last month in Pakistan, a US counter-terrorism official said on Saturday.
"We cannot confirm the account," said the official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorised to speak publicly about the issue. "It's quite possible (that) there was some talk of this, but in terms of being able to confirm this, that I can't do."
The French regional daily L'Est Republicain reported that, according to a French secret service report, Saudi Arabia was convinced that bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan in late August.