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Pak to demolish Osama's hideout to stop it from becoming 'sacred building for jihadis'

May 6, 2011 - Islamabad

Pakistan will soon demolish Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, so that it does not become a "sacred building for the jihadis," a Pakistani security agency source has revealed.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed Sunday night in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.

The luxury compound, in which bin Laden had been hiding for the last five years, has been confiscated by the Pakistan Army to gather any information Americans have left.

"Like we have done in the past, we will also raze to the ground this building, so that it should not become sacred building for the jihadis", The News quoted the source, as saying.

The source pointed out that the security agencies had demolished Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad in 2007 to avoid 'any bitter situation'.

The source also confided that it has not been decided so far that whether media persons would be allowed to enter the compound, adding that however, there was nothing left in the compound for the security agencies, and that a decision to demolish it would be taken soon.

The in-charge of Nawa Sheher Police Station in Abbottabad, Nazir Khan, has not been able to register a first information report (FIR) of the incident. He, however, has registered a report of a helicopter crash in the area.

Nazir Khan said that he had not seen any dead body, and no legal heirs or any person from the area had come to him to register an FIR.

"Everything is in the control of army, and we are deployed on the external security. Even I am not allowed to enter the premises of the compound", he said.


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