6 may 2011
Pakistan to demolish Osama’s Abbottabad compound
Islamabad: The Abbottabad compound, used by Osama bin Laden as a safe house till US commandos shot him dead, will be demolished soon by Pakistani security agencies so that it does not become a “sacred building for jihadis.”
A policeman walks in front of the compound where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad.
Part of a damaged helicopter is seen lying near the compound.The SEALs had planned to place a rappelling team on the roof with a second team dropping into the courtyard. But on reaching their target, they suddenly had to improvise. One of the helicopters had to be put down hard.
The compound, located about 800 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy, has been sealed by the army to gather any information that was left after a US special forces team raided it on Monday and killed the world’s most wanted terrorist.
“Like we have done in the past, we will also raze to the ground this building so that it should not become a sacred building for the jihadis,” an unnamed source from a security agency was quoted as saying by The News daily today.
The security agencies had demolished Jamia Hafsa, a seminary affiliated to the radical Lal Masjid in Islamabad, after a military operation in 2007 to avoid “any bitter situation”, the source said.
Authorities had not yet decided whether the media will be allowed to enter the compound, the report said.
There was nothing left in the compound for security agencies and a decision to demolish it will be taken soon, it said.