Raid to kill Osama near Islamabad doesn’t bode well for Pak: US official

May 2nd, 2011 - 4:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, May 2(ANI): It would be hard for the Pakistani government to explain how slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could have been living in a high-profile residence “without their knowing”, a US official has said.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.

Laden’s home was in an affluent area, where many retired military officers also lived and was just 100 yards away from a Pakistani military academy.

“The operation doesn’t bode well for our friend, the Pakistanis,” CBS News quoted the official, as saying.

“We are very concerned that he was inside of Pakistan, but this is something that we will work with Pakistan government about,” he added.

Another official revealed that American agents were “shocked by what we saw” at the compound, calling it an “extraordinary” complex many times larger than the other homes in the neighborhood, surrounded by an eight-foot high, barbed wire-topped wall.

The lavish home had a terrace on the third floor, surrounded by its own seven-foot high privacy wall.

There were secondary perimeter walls inside the compound, with two security gates, the official added. (ANI)

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