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    Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) provided the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with important help in the search for slain al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, BND provided US intelligence services with information of “fundamental importance” to catch the terrorist leader.

    This image taken from video released by Qatar's Al-Jazeera televison broadcast on Friday Oct. 5, 2001 is said to show Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, at an undisclosed location.
    © AP Photo / Al-Jazeera via APTN
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    The CIA was reportedly tipped off about bin Laden’s whereabouts by a Pakistani agent who had worked for the BND for years.

    The German intelligence agency also monitored telephone and e-mail traffic in northern Pakistan from a base in the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling, Bild am Sonntag reported on Saturday.

    Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in which almost 3,000 people were killed, US authorities conducted a nearly 10-year-long manhunt for bin Laden. The al-Qaeda leader was found and shot dead in Pakistan in the spring of 2011.

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