Ex-ISI chief disputes US claim, says Osama died 'natural death'

  • IANS, Islamabad
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2015 22:16 IST

Four years after the US reported that its Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden during a raid in Abbottabad, former Pakistan Inter State Intelligence chief Lt General (retd) Hameed Gul claims that the Al Qaeda chief died a "natural death" in 2005.

"In my opinion Osama was not there (Abbottabad). He died a natural death in 2005," Hameed Gul told Geo News programme "Jirga" on Monday.

The former ISI chief added that the truth would come out about the May 2, 2011 raid in the garrison city of Abbottabad in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The US military had said that after the killing, bin Laden's body was flown to Afghanistan for identification and then buried in the sea within 24 hours.

Earlier, American journalist Seymour Hersh had said that Pakistan helped Washington in locating Osama Bin Laden but the operation "Neptune Spear" was conducted in a manner that cast doubts over Pakistan's intentions.

He revealed that Osama Bin Laden's secret hideout was exposed by an ex-intelligence official of Pakistan who was now living in Washington and worked for the CIA as a consultant.

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