Bin Laden's widow says they lived in Abbottabad house for 5 years

Published: May 6, 2011
Policemen stand guard outside the hideout house of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Policemen stand guard outside the hideout house of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: One of Osama bin Laden’s wives told Pakistani interrogators that the al Qaeda leader and his family had been living for five years in the compound where he was killed by US forces this week, a security official said on Friday.

The official, who identified the woman as Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, the youngest of bin Laden’s three wives, told Reuters she was wounded in the US raid on Monday.

The security official said Abdulfattah told investigators: “We have been living there for the past five years.”

Pakistani security forces took between 15 and 16 people into custody from the compound after US forces removed bin Laden’s body, said the security official. Those detained included Bin Laden’s three wives and several children.

Separately, a senior intelligence official briefing journalists on Thursday evening said that Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, fell out six years ago over the distribution of money. He gave no other details.

U.S. special forces used helicopters to attack the compound in Abbottabad.

Pakistani security officials say neither bin Laden nor his comrades offered any resistance during the raid.

“From the clues, evidence what we have got is they stormed in with firing shots and knocked them down,” a security official said.

Another security official on Thursday said their killing was “cold-blooded”.

Pakistan’s military top brass have expressed anger that the United States did not inform them of the attack beforehand.

In his first comment on the raid, Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Kayani on Thursday threatened a review of military and intelligence cooperation should the United States repeat similar unilateral action.

He also told senior military commanders that it had been decided to reduce the strength of US military personnel in Pakistan to the “minimum essential”.

The army has admitted intelligence failures over the presence of Bin Laden in the country and ordered an inquiry into these “shortcomings”.

“We didn’t know Osama bin Laden was hiding in this house until we took these people into custody and they confirmed that he (Bin Laden) has been killed,” another security official said.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Amin
    May 6, 2011 - 9:31PM

    JHOOOOOOOOOOOOT,JHOOT,JHOOT…………………………..its a conspiracy against Pakistan..In a past 10 years its third time USA declared that Osama died.In 2001 then 2004 or 2005 and now 2011. USA administration is a biggest liar.Recommend

  • Arslan
    May 6, 2011 - 9:42PM

    How was Bin Laden treated for his diabetes during all these years ?Recommend

  • Saba karim
    May 6, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Still we have not learned to think straight. It can’t be we are only right always and rest of the world are wrong.Recommend

  • May 7, 2011 - 8:34AM

    The wives all got together, examined the evidence, took a vote and then issued a joint press release to Reuters.Recommend

  • D. Powers
    May 9, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Beyond any doubt, Pakistanis knew about Bin Laden. But USA will continue to bribe Pakistanis in the name of aid to make them continue to cooperate. An independent, strong democratic Pakistani government is just not suitable for USA interests in the region. Recommend

  • True
    May 9, 2011 - 12:53PM

    @D. Powers:
    I am afraid you are absolutely right…though I hate to admit it…but our Govts. over the years have been puppets…….Recommend

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