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Bin Laden night: Pakistan tells its story

2011-05-05 21:27

Islamabad - Pakistan on Thursday outlined its version of events the night US Navy SEALs flew in, tracked down Osama bin Laden and shot dead the world's most-wanted man in a suburban home not far from the capital.

In the most detailed public discussion of the operation yet by the Pakistani government, the top official at the foreign ministry said American helicopters had flown at a low altitude to escape Pakistani radars.

Salman Bashir told reporters that it was only when one of them crashed near bin Laden's compound in the town of Abbottabad, that suspicions were roused.

After five to 10 minutes, Pakistan apparently confirmed the helicopter was foreign, not least because Pakistani helicopters fly only in daylight.

The air force then scrambled two aircraft. Once they were airborne, it took 15 minutes for them to reach the site, which is just a mile from Pakistan's equivalent of West Point, by which time the Americans were long gone.

"When our concerned personnel entered the compound they were able to see what had happened... that is where we found out that indeed from the family of Osama bin Laden that it was he who had been taken," Bashir said.

A local intelligence official told AFP on Wednesday that bin Laden's death was first confirmed to the Pakistanis by a young daughter of the al-Qaeda kingpin, who said she had seen him shot dead and his body taken away.

Four bodies were retrieved from the covert attack, including one of bin Laden's sons, said the official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity.

Up to three women and nine children, including a young Yemeni wife of bin Laden who was shot in the leg and the daughter, aged 12 to 13.

Tellingly, Bashir also confirmed that Pakistan's army chief of staff, Ashfaq Kayani, was the first to be briefed about the operation.

America's top military officer Mike Mullen telephoned him at about 03:00 (22:00 GMT Sunday), before US President Barack Obama telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari.

On Monday, Obama's counter-terrorism co-ordinator, John Brennan, told reporters that Pakistanis had scrambled assets in response to an "incident that they knew was taking place in Abbottabad".

Comments
  • tommy 2 - 2011-05-05 21:55

    The pictures of BIN LADEN will not be released...BECAUSE one will be able to see that the U.S. had assasinated an unarmed man in the back of his head.The massive hole in the face is created by the bullet entering through the back of the head thus creating a huge exit... He was assasinated.. I have looked at the compound for days on cnn,sky & bbc but there are know bullet holes on any of the walls showing that there was an exchange of gunfire..There was know weapons found in the compound.. The question is, why did the u.s. goverment silence BIN LADEN. The U.s knew were Bin Laden WAS.

      Dave Black - 2011-05-05 22:08

      Methinks he deserves what he got! And tommy 2, it is 'no bullet' not 'know bullet' - huge difference. Plus does watching TV for days make you an expert?

      Bekkie - 2011-05-05 22:08

      I do not think you will bullet holes in the walls, the Seals do not just spray the area with bullets hoping for a hit. they are more meticulous then that. Just because there were no weapons shown on TV does not meann that there were none. If Laden had not been linked to such an organisation, had done terror deeds and had come forth voluntarily, this story would have a different ending. Think about this if it were not for the Americans, we might not have been alive today, living in a free world, but we might have been under a Nazi/communistic society.

      slg - 2011-05-05 22:16

      Bin Laden was not assassinated. He was killed in an act of war that he himself declared. You're applying the wrong rules here.

  • Donald - 2011-05-05 22:07

    now take Pakistan!

      whereu - 2011-05-06 06:07

      Donald, I understand your sentiment about taking Pakistan. However, I don't think you need to worry – Pakistan is likely to self destruct without much outside help.

  • sherwood - 2011-05-05 22:21

    Ja, if we find OIL in sunny SA, do not wait long, as we will be next on the US agenda for invasion!! People this is modern day colonialism!!

      Francis - 2011-05-05 23:15

      What a load of crap

      slg - 2011-05-06 01:07

      You're being a modern-day yahoo by thinking this

  • Nigel - 2011-05-05 22:29

    @ Tommy 2..what about those who were killed in September 11 attacks..? Were they notified and given time to choose between life an death or they were butchered..?

      suj - 2011-05-05 22:34

      When was it proven that Bin Laden ordered the 9/11 attacks ?

      tommy 2 - 2011-05-05 23:28

      @NIGEL The world needed answers from BIN LADEN not what the u.s. tells us about bin laden.

      slg - 2011-05-06 01:08

      Suj, while you were asleep

      slg - 2011-05-06 01:09

      Tommy, Bin Laden told us a lot. Did you miss all his videos and radio announcements?

      whereu - 2011-05-06 11:12

      Tommy 2, The answers you want may come from documents seized when bin Laden was killed. But that probably won't satisfy you because the USA will likely be accused of fabricating evidence from the captured material.

      amos - 2011-05-08 22:34

      Only morons like nigel believe what the USA dishes out. The CONTROLLED DEMOLITION of the Twin Towers in 9/11 was the work of the American CIA and/or Mosad...Osama has no capacity of ability to carry out such intricate manoeuvres. Osama was an American paid operative no wonder he was murdered in cold blood to silence him.

  • sherwood - 2011-05-05 22:35

    Nigel, wake up Mate. 911 was perpetrated by the US Govt, but obviously we all brainwashed by their media.

      Francis - 2011-05-05 23:16

      What f&^&ing world you living in mate

      slg - 2011-05-06 01:10

      Obviously you're brainwashing yourself with the most idiotic thoughts imaginable

      whereu - 2011-05-06 11:22

      Sherwood, Who is being brainwashed: you or Nigel? I'm not putting my money on Nigel.

  • sherwood - 2011-05-05 22:44

    Did the US find weapons of Mass disctruction in Iraq, NO, all the loss of civilian lives and US soldiers, for What?? Not to mention the lives lost in Afghanistan chasing a Ghost for over 10 years, Come On, who are they fooling, with all their technology they only find him NOW, and that is questionable also. Bush & his cronies have a lot of Blood on their Hands

      slg - 2011-05-06 01:11

      The vast majority of deaths in Iraq were caused by Al-Quaeda and the Taliban with car bombs. Where have you been?

      whereu - 2011-05-06 11:26

      Slg, I suspect he's been with the fairies who claim that 9/11 was an inside job.

  • mlvanwyk63 - 2011-05-05 22:57

    This has nothing to do with colonialism. If he and other Muslim extremists would just get over their idiotic obsessions with the U.S. and mind their own business it would have been a different world. Open the lion cage at your own peril. Thousands of innocent people have died at the hands of the Taliban and Al-Quaida. Public executions of their own people , not to mention noses being cut off. Would anybody in their right mind rather see that or barbaric terrorists being taken out of society?. If one lives by the sword expect to die by the sword. Good riddance. All is fair in love and war..

      Francis - 2011-05-05 23:17

      I could not agree more

      amos - 2011-05-08 22:49

      mlvanwyk63 is another moron who spends most of his time sitting on his brains ..no wonder such sh*t emanates...The Taliban and Alqaida are fighting Western imperialism..The USA or should i say the moron Bush junior are the ones with bloody hands their tally of those killed runs into Millions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bastard Americans used DEPLETED URANIUM bombs in Iraq. These will go on killing Iraqis for over a hundred years..All so that they can steal Oil from Iraq.

  • ysterman - 2011-05-05 23:26

    The u.s.a is HOT!!! They know what they are doing!!!! They are SUPER!!!! Well done America!!!!!!

      amos - 2011-05-08 23:11

      They [the americans] are as hot as the scum that emanates from their behind. They were leaving Afghanistan with their tails between their behind at least they think they can now leave with their tail up showing their battered behind.

  • Maarten - 2011-05-06 06:43

    I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

      MaLemmer - 2011-05-06 08:48

      I love the smell of napalm in the morning...

      lenand40 - 2011-05-06 11:58

      The first sentence was never uttered by MLK. His quote starts on the second sentence. Goes to show you that when we do not research things properly, we believe what we see. I think it is a wonderful adition to the quote

  • Venessa Naidoo - 2011-05-06 10:24

    senkgisha ... are you Muslim, my deepest condolences to you.... BAHAHAHAH NOTTTTTTTTTT

  • lenand40 - 2011-05-06 11:55

    Odd that they are certain it was binLaden, yet are not certain of the age of the child :)

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