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Rockets hit Pak academy near bin Laden home

Assailants fired nine rockets at Pakistan's top military academy on Friday, damaging its outer wall near the compound where Osama bin Laden was shot dead, officials said.

world Updated: Jan 27, 2012 10:56 IST

Assailants fired nine rockets at Pakistan's top military academy on Friday, damaging its outer wall near the compound where Osama bin Laden was shot dead, officials said.

No one was hurt in the pre-dawn attack but three rockets damaged the outer wall of the Pakistan academy, some 500 metres (yards) from where US Navy SEALs killed the Al-Qaeda leader on May 2 in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

"Nine rockets were fired. Three rockets hit the boundary wall of the military academy and damaged it. No one was hurt in the attack," Imtiaz Hussain Shah, a top local government official in Abbottabad told AFP.

"We have launched a search operation," Shah added.

The six other rockets landed in open fields near the outer wall, he said.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack.

The bin Laden raid humiliated the Pakistani military, exposing it to charges of complicity or incompetence after it emerged that the world's most wanted man had lived in the shadow of its equivalent of West Point for five years.