Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan

08:52, May 03, 2011      

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Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was killed in a pre-dawn U.S. special force raid on his compound in Pakistani city of Abbottabad near the capital Islamabad, Pakistani Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The Foreign Ministry confirmation came shortly after U.S. President Barrack Obama declared the Al-Qaida chief dead.

Locals said that they woke up to a series of explosions and firing but they didn't know who was being targeted. A large number of people rushed to the site after they received reports that the world most wanted man was killed.

"I was studying when I heard huge explosions and firing. Then I saw helicopters flying over the area," Saadullah, a student, told Xinhua.

"We did not know what happened," he said, adding that Abbottabad is a peaceful city and people could not expect such incident.

The operation was so secret that the local police were unaware, a police inspector said.

Intelligence sources said that two wives and six children of Osama bin Laden have been taken into custody after he was killed by U.S. commandos.

The operation resulted in the death of bin Laden, one of his sons, two suspected couriers and a woman who was used as a human shield.

Pakistani troops blocked all roads leading to the compound and journalists and cameramen were kept away from the two-story building which was covered with tents.

The security forces were busy removing the wreckage of a crashed helicopter carrying the commandos and other items from the compound.

A resident said that the house was built five years ago.

"We had seen some women speaking Arabic language but never believed that Osama bin Laden was living here," he said.

Many locals were unhappy over the involvement of the American forces in the operation. Some did not believe Osama was sheltering in the compound.

A large number of foreign and local journalists rushed to the spot to cover the story.

Source: Xinhua
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