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US digitally updates bin Laden’s photo on Web site

AP , WASHINGTON

The US Department of State on Friday released this “age progressed” photograph of Osama bin Laden on its rewardsforjustice.net Web site.

PHOTO: REUTERS

The US Department of State has updated its 1998 file photo of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, digitally altering it to account for a decade of age and possible changes in his facial hair.

There is a US$25 million bounty on bin Laden’s head for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the 1998 US embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.

Bin Laden is now 52. He is believed to be hiding in the lawless Pakistan frontier bordering Afghanistan, though his exact whereabouts have been unknown since late 2001, when he and a small contingent of body guards walked out of the Tora Bora mountains, evading air strikes and US special forces and Afghan militias.

The photos and bounty on bin Laden is on the State Department’s Web site rewardsforjustice.net.

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