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‘Osama raid came as surprise’

world Updated: Jul 27, 2011 00:23 IST

The US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad was not known to “any tier” of the Pakistani army which was “taken by surprise” by the May 2 operation, a top military officer has told an inquiry panel probing the al Qaeda leader’s presence in this country.

Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmad, the Director General of Military Operations, said: “The US acted in an environment of trust and the (Pakistani) army was, therefore, taken by surprise.”