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Tuesday, June 8, 1999 Published at 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK

World: Americas

Bin Laden on FBI 'most wanted' list

Bin Laden was allegedly behind embassy bombings

The United States has placed Osama Bin Laden - the man it accuses of being behind last year's bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania - on its list of 10 most wanted fugitives.

More than 200 people were killed in the blasts.

Washington has already offered a $5m reward for information leading to the Saudi exile's arrest.

FBI director, Louis Freeh, said the United States believed he remained in Afghanistan - despite reports that he had left the country.

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Most wanted fugitive
"His terrorist organisation, al-Qaeda or 'The Base,' is extensive and has the capability and willingness to inflict large-scale, random violence," Mr Freeh said.

After the African embassy bombings, the United States launched cruise missile attacks against camps used by Mr Bin Laden's group in eastern Afghanistan.

The United States also bombed a chemical plant in Sudan, saying it supplied him with ingredients for nerve gas.

Fought against Russians

Osama Bin Laden, who is believed to be in his mid-30s, first came to prominence in Afghanistan in the 1980s, fighting alongside the US-backed mujahedeen against the Russians.

After the war, he built up a movement opposed to the US military presence in Saudi Arabia - based in Sudan until 1995, then in Afghanistan.

He is regarded by some as a hero of Islamic resistance to US power in the region.

Qatar's satellite TV station Al-Jazira has announced that Bin Laden he will tell his side of the story in a pre-recorded television interview to be broadcast on Thursday.

A spokesman told the French news agency he would talk about his childhood, his hatred of the United States, his relations with the Taleban, his politics and worldwide activities.

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