Osama`s kin told Pak security men about his killing: Bashir
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 20:35
Islamabad: The family of Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden had told Pakistani security men that he had been killed in the "covert" operation conducted by the US Navy SEALs, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said Thursday.

Giving an overview of exactly how Pakistan's forces reacted after getting information about the American raid, Bashir said on entering the complex, they found the family of bin Laden from whom they came to know "that it was he who had been taken."

Bashir said the first information about the development was received when one of the US helicopters went down. He said that after it was verified that it was not a Pakistani chopper, instructions were given to concerned agencies to rush.

He said it took them around 15 minutes to reach the spot but by that time the American helicopters had left.

Pakistani Air Force was also ordered to scramble aircraft. Bashir said two F16 fighters were air-borne.

He said as soon as the operation was over, top US military official Admiral Mike Mullen called Pakistani army General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and informed him about the same.


First Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 20:35

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