‘Demolition of Osama`s house a surprise for Obama admin`
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 20:34
New York: Obama administration officials were caught off-guard by the demolition of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's house in Abbottabad by Pakistani authorities, a media report said on Monday.

"The Pakistanis have been saying for a while that they wanted to do this (demolish bin Laden's compound), but the timing came as a complete surprise," an administration official was quoted as saying in a New York Times report.

The official said with the anniversary of the raid that killed bin Laden approaching in early May, "the Pakistanis really don't want to have all this attention around it".

He added that the house's destruction is not likely to affect efforts to rekindle relations between the US and Pakistan, which have been deteriorated since an American airstrike killed 24 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border in November.

Pakistani authorities yesterday demolished the house in the Pakistani town where bin Laden had lived with his three wives and children undetected for years.

He was killed in a May 2 raid by US Navy Seals who flew into Pakistan unannounced and left the country's airspace nearly an hour later carrying bin Laden's corpse.

The raid came as an embarrassment for Pakistan's powerful military and its intelligence agency ISI with questions being raised as to how the world's most wanted man could have lived under the noses of the authorities without being detected for years.


First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 20:34

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