May 2 raid: Findings of Abbottabad Commission differ from US account

Published: March 15, 2012
Report first official account of the raid from Pakistan’s side, findings pose questions at stance of US in operation. PHOTO: FILE

Report first official account of the raid from Pakistan’s side, findings pose questions at stance of US in operation. PHOTO: FILE

The findings of the  investigative report by Abbottabad commission probing the May 2 US raid were different from the report given by US authorities, reported BBC Urdu on Thursday.

According to the report, the commission has penned down the details of events that took place on the day when al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a unilateral raid by US Special Forces in Abbottabad.

The findings of the report by the Abbottabad commission also pose questions at the stance of the US in the operation.

The report is the first official account of the incident from Pakistan’s side.

The report entails statements from bin Laden’s family, neighbours and government officials who came to the area after the raid.

The commission members and experts, after investigating the compound where bin Laden lived, derived some findings.

One of the points in the report states that the compound had dozens of armed men during the raid, however, only one bullet mark and one bullet shell was found.

The bullet mark was found on the wall of the room where the al Qaeda leader used to sleep, which was also where he was killed. The height of the mark suggests that someone had knelt down and triggered the bullet.

The investigation states that the bullet pierced through bin Laden’s head and struck the wall leaving a mark there.

Other than this mark, there is no other bullet mark in the entire house, neither any other bullet shell was found.

Half dozen Kalashnikovs which were recovered from the house were less than a yard away from bin Laden’s gunmen.

The report poses a question that when the so many armed men were present in the house during the raid, then why did bin Laden’s men not fire even once, because the findings given by the US state that none of the US solider was shot at during the raid.

The Abbottabad Commission will present the findings to the prime minister who will release orders as per the recommendations given in the report.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Much Amused
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:28PM

    Dozens of armed men supposedly guarding OBL? Beggars belief that ET can run such a story. If there were dozens of armed men then surely they would have been noticed by neighbours/local police. How could they have remained unnoticed for years???


  • Jat
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Looks like the americans used some kind of gas. But the question is, what happened to these gunmen or their bodies.


  • Xcaret
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:30PM

    What is the purpose of a surprise raid if the attacked are not ‘SURPRISED’?


    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Pakistan, you need to man man up against American aggression, they strike down our civilians with drones, conduct covert operations inside our country, and we still have no idea what the heck happened. Are we a sovereign nation or not?Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Pakistani Judicial Commission Report coming out in bits and pieces from the West, I am not surprised.


  • Cautious
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Sounds like a successful Seal Team 6 operation to me — stealthy and deadly — kudos to the American’s.


  • Cautious
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:50PM

    So did the Commission identify the Pakistanis who were helping OBL? The World is waiting.


  • adeel759
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Bullets came from Seal Team 6, means “Right On Target” they just don’t miss their target, and i am sure that one bullet on the wall came from Osama’s son , not Team 6 because Team 6 never hit the wrong spot…..Amazing America, loved this Ops


  • faraz
    Mar 15, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Its common sense that bullet hit the mark, and didnt miss the target, thus no bullet marks on the walls.


  • Roflcopter
    Mar 15, 2012 - 7:13PM

    No suprise the comission findings differ from US accoun, it was clear Day 1 that US was trying to hide details in order to portray the operation as heroic as possible e.g. how Navy SEALS entered the compound under heavy fire etc


  • Mirza
    Mar 15, 2012 - 7:24PM

    Funny just like high pressure washing of BB murder scene, the compound is demolished and now they can say whatever they want. These leaks are trial baloons to supress the actual facts and findings. What is the need of findings if we all know what they are?


  • Vet
    Mar 15, 2012 - 7:57PM

    To all those who don’t know bullets work, a 5.56 round enters and then exits out the back while finally stopping at the wall/obstacle. On top of that there have had to be casings of any rounds were fired. But I it is plausible that the gunmen went in to shock and failed to react.

    Pls look up “dramatic ambush by US special forces” on youtube to see how individuals fail to react when they are caught by utter surprise.


  • Danyal
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:08PM

    @Mirza:pressure washing of BB case what pressure washing? BB was killed inside her land cruiser all the blood was inside all the evidence was inside the car get your facts straight son


  • Chacha
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:32PM

    So did OBL live there ? How did he manage to stay there for so long ? Who aided him. Who did that house belong to ? Who is the ISI and Army knew about it ?

    Instead the commission is trying to rebut stuff about Seal team 6. Recommend

  • MarkH
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:35PM

    So that’s why they tore the place down.


  • Naeem
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:36PM

    And to make us cringe even more from this ‘topi darama’ investigation, we have demolished the ‘OBL house’. So it could never be investigated by a totally impartial body/government in future!


    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:39PM

    So did the country which claims to hold human rights at the forefront of their policy assasinated these guys i.e cold blooded murder (by the way I don’t have a problem in what happened to Osama he was a killer and he died the sam way).


  • Meekal Ahmed
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:59PM

    “triggered the bullet”?

    What kind of “analysis” is that? Does this reflect the quality of the “investigation”.

    There is a video on this; there will also be a movie for sure. According to that, whoever did approach the US forces (including OBL’s son) was shot.

    As someone above said, now that they have torn down the house, everything vanishes. Amazing.

    As for the BB comment, it in not relevant whether her blood was inside or outside the SUV. It is just standard procedure all over the world that when you have a crime scene you immediately cordon off the place and the foresnic specialists go to work looking of clues.

    You DON”T hose the place down instead.


  • Its (still) the Economy Stupid
    Mar 15, 2012 - 9:07PM

    Duh the finding has to be different than the American version. The fundamental difference between the two versions is that as per the Pakistani version OBL never lived there and American version is that they have the proof. Proof is in the pudding (his body). Who cares about the details of last moments of OBL’s death? This is just to divert the attention from failure of officials at many levels.
    The million dollar question is how did American reached Abbottabad? How come all those extra radars did not work? Does it mean one day navy seal will come and all the nuclear weapons will disappear too? Why OBL was there, undetected, for five years?


  • Justice
    Mar 15, 2012 - 9:46PM

    And were not US SEALS handling these guards? Half a dozen is not a big number for SEALS.


  • Imran
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:02PM

    And they tore down the building trying to find bullets. Bravo Judicial Commission for your efficiency.


  • Mirza
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Is it a coincidence that the compound was dismembered well before the Commission Report? Now they can come up with any story they like.


  • Hammad
    Mar 16, 2012 - 12:03AM

    No. We are not a soveirgn nation. Get over it. You find fault at taking dictation from America, but you wouldn’t mind begging the Saudis for cheap oil, or opening centres of terrorism on our soil.


  • Revo
    Mar 16, 2012 - 12:58AM

    First ever Commission i know , whose report is out in very short time and something new then actual events
    Good change in PAKISTANRecommend

  • Mar 16, 2012 - 1:07AM

    we will get more information from kathryn biglow’s osama movie than this abbottabad commission report.


  • Arjun
    Mar 16, 2012 - 2:05AM casing!!
    The pakistani government has zero credibility…zilch..nada..
    They released photos of the dead bodies in the OBL house. Must have been one heck of a bullet that killed the 3 people we saw in those pictures and then went through OBL’s eye.


  • MarkH
    Mar 16, 2012 - 4:40AM

    It’d also be more accurate to say that those who went through the house days after it happened missed one bullet casing.


  • usman786
    Mar 16, 2012 - 6:45AM

    BB incident was washed after 3rd day. Police must ve taken all clues or photos. Z knows Qatils. Some still sits with him. And despite their govt for 5 years nothing was found except red warrants for Mush: for ordering washing ?? OBL was demolished after almost a year
    Mansoor Ijaz may b a big cheat. But he seems to b saying truth abt Z giving permission to US for attack and that’s why army wanted him to remove and memo was written. Z ko pehchano: gange naa bano


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