KABUL, Afghanistan – Prime terror suspect Usama bin Laden is alive, safe and free to do as he pleases, Taliban leaders said Wednesday.
As the U.S. continued to rain down bombs on the militia's home base at Kandahar, the Taliban, who had claimed to be restricting bin Laden's communications ability, told the British Broadcasting Corp. there were now "no restrictions" on him.
In addition to bin Laden, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was also safe despite three days of attacks against his home and office in the Kandahar area, said Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban's envoy to Pakistan.
Also disturbing was a statement released by bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network on Wednesday, in which the work of the hijackers who murdered almost 6,000 people on Sept. 11 was praised as a "good deed."
"The Americans must know that the storm of airplanes will not stop, God willing, and there are thousands of young people who are as keen about death as Americans are about life," Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a spokesman for Al Qaeda, said in a statement broadcast on Qatar's Al-Jazeera television.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.