Pak authorities tear down Osama’s compound

  • PTI, Islamabad
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  • Updated: Feb 26, 2012 23:53 IST
  • Demolition

    In this still image taken from a Reuters TV video, demolition work is carried out of the building where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ...

  • Local residents

    Local residents watch as authorities use heavy machinery to demolish the compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. AP/Anjum Naveed

  • Policemen

    Policemen walk past while demolition work is carried out on the building where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces. ...

  • Pakistani policemen

    Pakistani policemen keep watch near trees leading to the compound where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was slain, as military personnel begin demolishing the ...

  • Local residents

    Local residents watch ongoing demolition of the compound where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was slain last year in the northwestern town of Abbottabad. ...

  • Policemen, residents

    Policemen and residents stand near while demolition work is carried out on the building where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad. ...

  • Local residents

    Local residents watch as authorities use heavy machinery to demolish the compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. AP/Anjum Naveed

  • Pakistani security forces

    Pakistani security forces began demolishing the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in the garrison town of Abbottabad. AFP/Aamir Qureshi

  • Local residents

    Local residents watch ongoing demolition of the compound where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was slain last year in the northwestern town of Abbottabad. ...

Pakistani authorities on Sunday continued tearing down the compound in the Abbottabad where al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces last year, removing a structure that symbolised the security establishment's failure to trace the world's most wanted man.

The demolition began under the glare of spot lights and amidst tight security at around 9 pm on Saturday night.

All roads leading to the compound in Bilal Town, located about 800 yards from the elite Pakistan Military Academy, were closed before the work began.

Journalists who were able to get close to the compound despite the security cordon said large sections of the surrounding wall and a three-storey building had already been razed.

Geo News channel beamed footage that showed sections of the walls of all three storeys of the building had been torn down.

Parts of the walls around the compound too had been demolished and heavy earth-moving machinery and cranes could be seen in the 3,000 square metre compound.

It was not immediately clear who had ordered the demolition and there was no official word from the local administration or the military, which had taken control of the compound shortly after US Navy Seals killed the al-Qaeda chief in a pre-dawn raid on May 2 last year.

An unnamed Pakistani military official was quoted by CNN as saying that the compound was demolished so that it did not become a shrine for jehadi elements. Destroying the compound would "demoralize senior militant leaders", the official said.

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