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.”
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.
The walls of the compound are higher than normal for the area though almost every house in the Bilal Town neighbourhood of Abbottabad has barbed wire.
The compound was built in such a location that it could not be seen easily unless one got really close to it.
The compound had three portions — a big open area for farming, a built-up structure and a lawn on the north side that was smaller than the farming area.
There was no other building measuring seven ‘kanals’ in the area.
Local police station chief Nazir Khan said he had not seen the bodies of the persons killed in the US raid.
“Everything is in the control of the army and we are deployed on the external security. Even I am not allowed to enter the premises of the compound,” he said.
The land for the compound was bought by Arshad Khan, one of two al-Qaeda couriers killed along with bin Laden. The gas and electricity connections to the house were in his name. Economic Times