CIA investigators visit bin Laden's compound

Published: May 28, 2011
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CIA investigators visited Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad hideout amid tight security.  PHOTO: FILE/AFP

CIA investigators visited Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad hideout amid tight security. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

ABBOTTABAD / ABBOTABAD: 

A team of forensic experts from America’s Central Investigation Agency (CIA) on Friday scoured the former hideout of slain Osama bin Laden for new clues.

The al Qaeda chief was killed in a top-secret air-borne raid by US Navy SEALs on May 2 in Abbottabad. Friday’s development comes days after the Pentagon confirmed that Islamabad had returned the wreckage of the US helicopter which was destroyed in the Abbottabad operation.

Pakistani authorities had granted the Pentagon’s request to allow CIA experts to visit the compound where Bin Laden had reportedly lived undetected for years.  In the May 2 operation the US Navy SEALs had managed to collect what was described by US officials as a “trove of information”.

The CIA believes that a thorough search of the complex could yield vital documentary information about al Qaeda’s operational plans of the past and future strategies. Police and local sources told The Express Tribune that more than five CIA forensic experts were flown into Abbottabad on a helicopter at around 12:30pm.

They scoured the heavily-guarded compound in Bilal Town for an hour for additional clues, for example, evidence hidden in walls or buried under floors or elsewhere in the compound.

Sleuths of Pakistan’s spy agencies accompanied the CIA experts who reportedly used sophisticated equipment to scour the compound, looking for clues.

Police was tasked to make a second cordon 600 feet away from the Bin Laden compound. Media persons were barred from covering the trip and television cameramen were not allowed to film the compound even from a distance.

The Abbottbad police chief and Deputy Superintendent Police (Cantt) Aziz Afridi were not available for comment.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (8)

  • Khalid Rahim
    May 27, 2011 - 8:47PM

    When the team returns to Langley they will send a new shockwave. Accussing two very prominent personalities of providing OBL with technology to produce briefcase nuclear bombs
    and how to transport to the target. Mr Asif Zardari will have two choices; give up the two most wanted men or forego his assets abroad and probably land next to the former Panama
    President!Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 27, 2011 - 10:11PM

    Whatever Western media, the US and Wikileak says, if it is against Pakistan army/ISI it would be a lie and conspiracy against our brave and agile armed forces. However, if there is anything against elected politicians it would be a page from Bilble. Unless America comes out with smoking guns against the army and goes against them, the army has everything under control. That is the reason they are cooperating in returning the remains of helicoptor, letting US interview OBL’s harem, and now letting them to examine the fortress hideout of OBL in a military base. Let us hope that real criminals and OBL’s friends are brought to justice. Recommend

  • Mujh92
    May 28, 2011 - 12:32AM

    Did Pakistan get access to material taken by our American friends at the time of Osama killing? I dont think so as they are only one capable of undersating them and not the Pakistanis.Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 28, 2011 - 10:24AM

    So our Army gave CIA the access. Shame on you Kiyani.Recommend

  • Feroz
    May 28, 2011 - 1:24PM

    The Americans have already taken all material of relevance form Osama’s compound in Abbotabad. What really are they now going to inspect after it has been cleaned and sanitised by the security agencies. Defies logic !Recommend

  • A Patel
    May 28, 2011 - 1:39PM

    @Khalid Rahim:
    Seems you too were in that compound..!Recommend

  • A Patel
    May 28, 2011 - 1:43PM

    @Mujh92:
    Dear Mujh92, Pakistan had very much access untill US Navey Seas took OBL. So not even ISI frets about that.! take it easy..!Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    May 28, 2011 - 2:24PM

    I bet our intel agencies has not even bothered to scour this place & its surrounding as these Americans are doing….?? for the safety of their country & their citizens…? are we so concerned…??Recommend

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