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Osama Bin Laden Compound Being Demolished in Pakistan

Osama Bin Laden Compound

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Via BBC News:

Pakistan is more than half way through its demolition of the compound where US forces killed Osama Bin Laden, in the north-western city of Abbottabad. Work began late on Saturday and bulldozers and pneumatic machinery could be heard through the night.

The al-Qaeda leader was shot dead at the compound in the garrison town on 2 May 2011. He had been hiding there for several years. No official reason for the demolition has been given.

Residents around the three-storey compound have speculated that the authorities do not want it turned into a shrine. But it is more likely that the demolition is part of a process by the government to put the whole embarrassing episode behind them, says the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Abbottabad.

Journalists and residents were prevented from getting too close to the compound by a ring of several hundred police and soldiers as work got under way…

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