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Afghans `led US` to bin Laden house: Afghan spy

An Afghan intelligence official claimed that his country`s spy agency helped pinpoint Osama bin Laden`s hideout.

Updated: May 05, 2011, 00:51 AM IST

Kabul: An Afghan intelligence official
claimed that his country`s spy agency helped pinpoint
Osama bin Laden`s hideout by providing a key lead in the hunt
for the world`s most-wanted man.

He said Afghan agents never thought al Qaeda`s leader
was living in the fortified compound in Pakistan, where he was
eventually tracked down and killed in a US raid.

Instead the agency believed a top Taliban leader,
Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, to be holed-up in the residence.

"The house that Osama bin Laden was killed in was
pinpointed for the first time by Afghan intelligence," the
official told AFP, declining to be named because of the
sensitivity of the issue. He said that was in August.

US agencies were said to have identified the compound
last August after chasing the trail of bin Laden`s trusted
courier.

A senior US official said clues that there was
something untoward about the compound were amassed over
months, with suspicions raised by the high level of security
measures enforced there, including the burning of trash.

The Afghan official, however, said agents from his
country, operating from nearby Haripu refugee camp, reported
"suspected movements around the house".

"We took the house under surveillance, which led us to
believe that high-profile terrorist leaders were living there.

We were initially thinking that Mawlawi Abdul Kabir was living
there," he said.

He said their own information about the house "was
shared with the Americans and they showed lots of interest"
but that Afghan spies had not been involved in the subsequent
investigations or operation.

While US forces carried out the raid, US envoy Marc
Grossman, who was in Islamabad to attend talks with Pakistani
and Afghan officials, told reporters Tuesday that bin Laden`s
end was "a shared achievement of the three countries".

PTI