Hundreds of Taliban rallied in a Pakistani tribal town, condemning the killing of Osama bin Laden and vowing to avenge the Al-Qaeda chief's death. Chanting slogans denouncing Pakistan and the United States, the protesters gathered in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan where they forced the market to close and then held a meeting in a nearby madrassa, they said. It was the first pro-bin Laden demonstration in Pakistan's tribal belt, which Washington has called a headquarters of Al-Qaeda, since US commandos flew into Pakistan last week, killed bin Laden and flew off with his body. The protesters, believed to be more than 500, were mostly supporters or members of Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Nazir's group, which supports Afghan Taliban.
In the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, a squad of Taliban militants held out for nearly 36 hours after attacking government targets on Saturday until the final gunman was shot dead overnight. Interior Minister Rehman Malik told an Arab TV station Al-Arabiya earlier Monday that Pakistan knew of the US raid 15 minutes after it started but had no idea of the target.