Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) The imposing compound in Pakistan’s Abbottabad city where Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was hunted down and killed by US commandos last year has been razed, a media report said Monday.
Osama bin Laden was fatally shot May 2 last year by US commandos who swooped into Abbottabad onboard stealth helicopters and gunned down the Al Qaeda chief without tipping off the Pakistani military, straining ties between Islamabad and Washington.
“The process launched for demolishing the compound on Saturday evening was completed on Sunday night. The whole structure has been razed to the ground,” Geo News quoted a security official as saying in Abbottabad.
He said steps were taken to avoid any mishap during the demolition process.
“A number of meetings had taken place since the May 2 operation for demolishing the building, but the structure could not be demolished earlier due to difference in opinion among the officials concerned. It was finally decided to demolish the building on Saturday night,” the official added.
A police officer said that a curfew was clamped in Bilal Town, where the compound was located, Saturday evening. The curfew remained till late Sunday night.