Islamabad: While the US-led forces were
hunting for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's unruly tribal areas
for years, the al Qaeda chief had been living a secluded life
in a million-dollar mansion in the Pakistani garrison city of
Abbottabad for five years, according to one of his wives.
The Yemeni woman said bin Laden had been living in the
compound in Abbottabad for the past five years, Geo News
Channel quoted unnamed senior Pakistani military officials as
Bin Laden usually confined himself to two or three rooms
and never went outside, she told the officials.
The report said that women and children found in the
compound included three wives of bin Laden. One of the women
was injured in the firing.
The military officials also said that bin Laden's
daughter, found in the compound, had told them that she had
seen her father being killed on the upper floor of a building
and then dragged down a flight of stairs.
A woman killed during the raid, previously described
in some accounts as bin Laden's wife, was actually the wife of
a Pakistani guard of the al Qaeda leader, the officials were
quoted as saying.
The officials said the Pakistani military and
intelligence agencies were not informed about the US raid.
They contended that Pakistan had given the US a lot of
information on bin Laden's whereabouts in the past two years,
including intelligence gleaned from intercepts of some phone
conversations in May and August last year.
First Published: Friday, May 06, 2011, 18:31