ABBOTABAD: Heavy machinery has rolled into the garrison town of Abbottabad and was demolishing Osama bin Laden's last hideout.
Bin Laden had been assassinated by a team of US special forces, who stormed his residential compound in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. Bin Laden was believed to have bunkered in the complex for close to five years.
Heavy machinery including the shovel s have been called into demolish the compound.
All routes leading up to the compound have been sealed. Media too has been directed to stay away.
The reason for demolishing the structure are as yet unknown.
In January, British newspaper The Sun had reported that Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, could be flattened by rocket-propelled grenades and then bulldozed.
The report stated: “Military chiefs in Pakistan plan a spectacular blitz in front of TV cameras to prevent the walled complex becoming a sick shrine to the al Qaeda terror master.”
The report further quoted Interior Minister Rehman Malik as saying: “We will hit it like an enemy fort. But first we must erase everything related to Bin Laden from our country.”
The report had claimed that the demolition will take place in February, a claim that seems to be coming true.
However, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied the report.