Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pakistan Town Had Long Drawn Scrutiny

Thursday, May 5, 2011

ISLAMABAD—The Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was killed had come to the notice of Pakistani intelligence as a suspected hiding place for al Qaeda leaders as long ago as 2003, a piece of information Pakistani officials say they passed to their American counterparts.

Pakistani officials have expressed shock and embarrassment that bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad—a garrison town roughly 65 kilometers from Pakistan's capital—where the al Qaeda leader was killed early Monday local time in a U.S. raid. U.S. officials say the trail to bin Laden led them to the town only last year.

But Pakistani intelligence officials ...

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