MARCH 18, 2004 - Posted at 3:48 p.m. CDT
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - Pakistan's president has spoken of a pitched battle in an area near the Afghan border where al-Quida's number two man is believed to be cornered.
Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri is Osama bin Laden's top deputy. President Pervez Musharraf tells CNN there's "fierce resistance" from a group of fighters entrenched in fort-like buildings. Musharaff says there are indications that a senior figure is surrounded.
Senior Pakistani officials tell the Associated Press it's al-Zawahri. The U.S. has a $25 million reward for his capture.
One intelligence official says some captured fighters al-Zawahri was hurt in the fighting.
Musharaff says military is using helicopter gunships and pounding "pounded" the area with artillery.
The United States has a $25 million reward for al-Zawahri.