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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani lawyer and prison official say a physician who was convicted for helping the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden has been taken by authorities from a prison in Peshawar to an unknown location.

Qamar Nadim, a lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi, says he doesn’t know where his client was taken.

A prison official said Saturday Afridi was taken from the prison the previous night to a ‘safer location.’ The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Afridi has been in solitary confinement for almost eight years after using a vaccination scam to help U.S. agents track and kill the al-Qaeda leader.

Afridi was convicted and sentenced to 33 years after a May 2011 Navy Seal operation that killed bin Laden in Abbottabad.