Pak team probing bin Laden's death visits Abbottabad
The Pakistani inquiry commission probing the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Tuesday visited the heavily guarded compound in the garrison city of Abbottabad where the al Qaeda leader lived for years.world Updated: Sep 14, 2011 02:15 IST
The Pakistani inquiry commission probing the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Tuesday visited the heavily guarded compound in the garrison city of Abbottabad where the al Qaeda leader lived for years.
The walled compound at Bilal Town, a short distance from the Pakistan Military Academy and a few kilometres away from the main city of Abbottabat, was surrounded by security forces and police during the visit of the commission.
The members of the panel earlier visited Tor Ghar district, where US helicopters had reportedly landed before the raid by American special forces on bin Laden's compound, local correspondents said.
Reports had suggested that the helicopters had refuelled at Tor Ghar.
The commission had published an advertisement in local newspapers of Abbottabad asking people to share information about events related to the US raid of May 2. People were assured that their names would be kept secret.
The panel's members will stay in Abbottabad for three days and meet senior officials of the police and local administration to question them about the covert US military operation.
The commission’s spokesman said the members would also record the statements of witnesses.
The commission, headed by former Supreme Court judge Javed Iqbal, has been asked by the government to ascertain how bin Laden managed to live in Pakistan for several years, investigate the US operation that killed him, determine the nature and causes of lapses by authorities, and make suitable recommendations.
First Published: Sep 14, 2011 02:12 IST