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US still feels Pak knew about Osama

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said he still believes someone in authority in Pakistan knew where Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was hiding before the US raid on his hideout.

world Updated: Jan 28, 2012 23:26 IST

The US still believes that someone in authority in Pakistan knew where the world’s most-wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden was hiding in the country, nine months after the raid that killed al-Qaeda chief.

Bolstering his hunch, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who headed the CIA at the time when US Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in Pakistan's Abbottabad town, said there were intelligence reports of Pakistani military helicopters passing over the compound where the Qaeda chief was hiding.

"I personally have always felt that somebody must have had some sense of what was happening at this compound. Don't forget this compound had 18 foot walls... It was the largest compound in the area. So you would have thought that somebody would have asked the question, ‘What the hell is going on there?’,” Panetta told CBS '60 Minutes' profile to be broadcast on Sunday.

Pakistan was not made aware of the US raid on the compound, Panetta said as he explained Pressed whether he knows for sure that the government of Pakistan knew where bin Laden was, Panetta said: "I don't have any hard evidence, so I cannot say it for a fact.”

First Published: Jan 28, 2012 19:57 IST