Prof Says He's Found bin Laden

Study narrows possible hiding places to three buildings
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2009 2:49 PM CST
This is an undated file photo of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan. UCLA researchers have narrowed down the possible places he could be hiding, they say.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Osama bin Laden is probably in one of three buildings in Parachinar, Pakistan, according to a UCLA geography professor. His research team applied data on where bin Laden was last spotted to models that explain how animal species spread to determine the region bin Laden is most likely in, then narrowed the choices by identifying the atmosphere and amenities that the terrorist leader would most likely require, the Telegraph reports.

Parachinar, located 12 miles from Afghanistan, is big enough to blend into and has a history of harboring extremists. To further focus the search, the professors checked satellite maps for compounds large enough to house bin Laden's security staff, ruled out structures with ceilings too low for the 6-foot, 4-inch terrorist, and identified generators, which bin Laden would need for his dialysis equipment—coming up with 3 potential locations.