A top Taliban commander said al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was behind the February attack outside the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, during the visit there by Vice President Dick Cheney, according to an interview aired Wednesday on Al-Jazeera.
Bin Laden planned and supervised the attack that killed 23 people outside the big U.S. base at Bagram during Cheney's visit, said Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban's main military commander in southern Afghanistan who has had close associations with al Qaeda.
"You may remember the martyr operation inside the Bagram base, which targeted a senior U.S. official. ... That operation was the result of his wise planning. He (bin Laden) planned that operation and guided us through it. The operation was a success," Dadullah told Al-Jazeera.
He did not say how he knew that bin Laden planned the attack, and it was not immediately clear when the interview took place.
Dadullah also insisted that bin Laden was alive and well, according to the interview.
"Thank God he is alive. We get updated information about him. Thank God he planned operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan," Dadullah told Al-Jazeera in excerpts that were translated into Arabic.
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