My Google Page Rank

Bin Laden 'lived for 5 years in Pakistan house'

PDFPrintE-mail

ISLAMABAD - Osama bin Laden's Yemeni wife claimed the Al-Qaeda kingpin had lived for five years in the compound in Abbottabad where he was shot dead by US commandos, Pakistani security officials said Saturday.

The uncorroborated revelation could pile further embarrassment on Pakistan, which is already reeling from accusations of incompetence and complicity in allowing bin Laden to hide out a mere 30 miles (50 kilometres) from Islamabad.

The terror chief's wife, who was shot in the leg during the raid by US Navy SEALs, is undergoing medical treatment and interrogation in Pakistan along with 15 of his other relatives, the officials said.

"She said in Arabic that bin Laden and his family were living in this compound for the last five years and he never left the compound," one said.

"But this is only her statement and we have not yet corroborated it," the official added. A second security official confirmed the information.

On Sunday night US commandos flew in helicopters to the three-storey home in a suburb of Abbottabad, where they discovered bin Laden on the third floor, shot him dead and flew off with his body, which was later buried at sea.

Al-Qaeda has vowed to avenge the architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks, declaring him a "martyr" and calling on Muslims to rise up against the United States.

But US President Barack Obama swept aside the threats, decorating the team that killed bin Laden and pledging the United States would crush Al-Qaeda.

"We have cut off their head and we will ultimately defeat them," he said after meeting privately with the special forces personnel who took part in the raid.

Confirming bin Laden's death, Al-Qaeda denounced his killing and urged Pakistani Muslims "to cleanse their country from the filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it".

The terror group proclaimed its Saudi-born founder a "martyr" and said he had "terrified all the nations of disbelief". It vowed the jihadist network would survive but did not name anyone to take over as its leader.

The White House said it was on alert for security threats as Al-Qaeda also vowed to release an audio tape made by bin Laden just a week before his death.

Mounting questions have been raised about how bin Laden managed to hide out for so long in Pakistan, in a town which is home to a top military academy and many retired generals.

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf blamed the "incompetence" of his country's intelligence services, saying it was "terrible" that bin Laden had been hiding in Pakistan when he was still in office.

But he also criticised the United States for violating Islamabad's sovereignty in carrying out the raid.

In another sign of potential lapses by the Pakistani intelligence services, the Washington Post reported that the CIA maintained a safe house in Abbottabad for several months to spy on bin Laden's compound.

The close-up operation allowed them to draw up the occupants' "pattern of life," the paper said.

Obama on Friday told the elite commando team that carried out the risky helicopter-borne raid that it had been "a job well done" as he handed out Presidential Unit Citations, the highest unit award he has the power to grant.

A day earlier Obama laid a wreath at Ground Zero, the site where the World Trade Center once stood, in a sombre moment aimed at bringing closure to Americans still haunted by the September 11 attacks.

The White House has been apparently eager to avoid triumphalism over the elimination of the world's most wanted man, blamed for the deaths of 3,000 people in the attacks, in a bid to avoid whipping up Muslim anger.

But the administration has been forced to defend the raid's legality after acknowledging that bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot dead, although a US official told AFP the SEALs had found an AK-47 and a pistol in his room.

On the traditional day of Muslim prayers Friday, hundreds of Islamists rallied in Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey and Britain calling for revenge, although there has been no significant outpouring on the streets.

In Abbottabad, where bin Laden was finally tracked down after a years-long manhunt, police marshalled a rally of about 1,000 men.

Setting fire to tyres and blocking a main road, the protesters yelled: "Down, down USA!" and "Terrorist, terrorist, USA terrorist."

Hundreds also took to the streets in the Pakistani city of Quetta calling for holy war against America, while Islamists rallied in Cairo.

Intelligence seized during Monday's operation suggested that despite his isolation bin Laden remained closely involved in Al-Qaeda operations up until his death.

The network had even been mulling strikes on US trains on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which used highjacked airliners to bring down the twin towers of the World Trade Center, US officials said. AFP




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

BAP TOURNAMENT AND OFFICIATING LEAGUE

23 Nov 2017 Hits:47 Be the first to comment!

Schedule games for Nov. 26,2017 (Sun) Golden Boys Gym 8:30 am  Bonchon -vs-  J Vince 10:00 am  Jocsie     -vs-   RRJ RESULT of the games played last Nov.19,2017(Sun) WEST SCC GYM.. SAN JOSE GUSU J VINCE Won by forfeiture againts BOLONG. 20 -0. TEAM JOCSIE 75 Acebedo 20, Raco 8, Duterte 10, Salcedo 8, Elopre 8, Salih 6, Cabato 4, Tubio 4, Fabian 4, Casimiro 2, Zaragoza 2.Best player- Jun Acebedo (9) TEAM PYP 55 BUENBRAZO 10, RUBIO 9, TINAPUNAN 9, INFANTE 8, BURNOS 7, LEDESMA 4. Bonchon TEAM 67 Brillo 20, PIOQUINTO 13, TORIBIO 12, ANTONIO 7, QUIBILAN 6, PADINAS 4, QUE 4, ARAGON 3, ELNAS 2. Best player- Dennis Brillo. RRJ TEAM 55 MURIEDAS 14, FERNANDEZ 10, BERNARDO 6, PEREYRA 5, AQUINO 4, AQUINO M. 4, GREGORIO 4, SURAIN 2. 1ST [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

Four houses destroyed by fire

23 Nov 2017 Hits:46 Be the first to comment!

Four houses made-of-light materials were totally razed to the ground in Royal Lane Drive, Barangay Tugbungan. Zamboanga City Central Fire Station (ZCCFS), District Fire Marshall Clint Cha identified the owners of [...] Read more


WMSU, WMBA host National Training on Bio-Threat Reduction for LGUs

22 Nov 2017 Hits:63 Be the first to comment!

The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), through the Western Mindanao Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (WMBA), and in partnership with the United States Department of Defense- Defense Threat Reduction Agency, successfully [...] Read more


Fire Chief prepares for fire

22 Nov 2017 Hits:58 Be the first to comment!

In preparation for the coming Yuletide Season, District Fire Marshal, Chief Insp. Clint Cha has called on all fire sub-stations to prepare and ready their various equipment and firetrucks. Cha said [...] Read more


DOH cites importance EO 28

22 Nov 2017 Hits:52 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Health, Regional Office 9 yesterday explained the objective and importance of Executive Order Number 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte on June 27, 2017, providing for the regulation [...] Read more


Wesmincom Chief says ASG strenght significantly dropped

22 Nov 2017 Hits:61 Be the first to comment!

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Western Mindanao Command Chief, yesterday said that the strength of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu, Basilan and Tawi Tawi has significantly decreased. Galvez said this is [...] Read more


D' CUSTODIAN BALLER … NELLIE

22 Nov 2017 Hits:54 Be the first to comment!

Este si Marnelli Candido Berba, su palayao “Nellie”, 33 años de edad, 5’0” el altor, residente de Talon Talon, Ciudad de Zamboanga. Su mayores si Ernesto N. Berba y Maridol [...] Read more


380 aspiring fire officers take qualifying exams

21 Nov 2017 Hits:76 Be the first to comment!

More or less 380 applicants took the qualifying exam conducted by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-IX) at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, yesterday. District Fire Marshal, [...] Read more


Cops, probers undergo training on drug cases

21 Nov 2017 Hits:65 Be the first to comment!

Members of the local police, investigators and other law enforcement agencies undergo a two-day enhancement training on handling drug cases in a bid to ensure successful implementation of the war [...] Read more


Submarine cable landing stations to speed-up internet connectivity – DOST

21 Nov 2017 Hits:110 Be the first to comment!

The slow internet connection in the country may soon be a thing of the past. This was according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as it welcomed the [...] Read more


LADY PANTHER WRESTLER… ERICA

20 Nov 2017 Hits:75 Be the first to comment!

Este si Erica Bataclan Martinez, su palayao “Ecang”, 17 años , 5’3” el altor,    Su mayores si Oscar B. Martinez y Lariza A. Bataclan Martinez, su hermano y hermana [...] Read more


FOOTBALL CHIEF… TENG

19 Nov 2017 Hits:69 Be the first to comment!

Este si VICENTE EDUARDO S. TORRES, ta llama conele “Teng/Pardz/Boboy”, 62 años de edad , casao y su esposa si Esther Facultad Torres Y diila anak si Pompeyo F. Torres [...] Read more


AboitizPower sustains strong foothold in hydropower business

18 Nov 2017 Hits:132 Be the first to comment!

On the back of a strong demand for renewable energy (RE), AboitizPower continues to ramp up its portfolio of generation facilities across the Philippines. AboitizPower's subsidiary, SN AboitizPower, has completed the [...] Read more


ZAMBOANGA FOOTBALL - ROLL D BALL

18 Nov 2017 Hits:78 Be the first to comment!

Del Nov. 12, 2017 Domingo el Segundo semana de Season long Zamboanga Football league. El primer juego tan feature cun Resto del Mundo contra  Zamboanga United . Ta pricura man [...] Read more


Police shift war on drugs to anti-gun-for-hire drive

17 Nov 2017 Hits:92 Be the first to comment!

Police regional director and vice chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) for Western Mindanao Chief Supt. Billy Beltran announced recently that all police operatives previously assigned in [...] Read more


Military launch rescue ops for latest victims of ASG

17 Nov 2017 Hits:129 Be the first to comment!

Government troops are now conducting operations to rescue the six people, including two children, who have been abducted by about 15 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu, according to [...] Read more


OCENR sets city-wide clean up on Nov 25

17 Nov 2017 Hits:73 Be the first to comment!

The City Government through the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) will head a city-wide clean up drive on November 25. “We are going to have a city-wide [...] Read more


2017 MUAY THAI NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

17 Nov 2017 Hits:88 Be the first to comment!

Este si Leo Gandy Serrano, 15 años , Grade 10 na Claret High School Ciudad de Zamboanga . Ya principia juga Muay Thai cuando Grade 5 ele , producto le [...] Read more


Zambopen PWDs endorse Kahil as AVRC III head

16 Nov 2017 Hits:90 Be the first to comment!

The Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Zamboanga Peninsula as represented by their chosen leaders have strongly endorsed Zamboangueno Teddy Kahil as head of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in [...] Read more