Rockets to flatten Osama bin Laden Pakistan hideout

This Jan. 15, 2011 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the compound, center left, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden lived. Bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was tracked down and shot to death at the compound by an elite team of U.S. forces on Monday, May 2, 2011, ending an unrelenting manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.


By Published: January 10, 2012

Next month, in an event slated to take place before a sandstorm of news media cameras, Pakistani officials say they will flatten the Pakistani house where for years, Osama bin Laden eluded capture -- until he was killed last May by U.S. Navy SEALs, according to the U.K.'s Sun.

Military chiefs in Pakistan plan to flatten with rocket-propelled grenades, then bulldoze the house in Abbottabad in an effort to keep the walled complex from becoming a shrine to the former al-Qaida, the Sun reported.

"We will hit it like an enemy fort. But first we must erase everything related to bin Laden from our country," the Sun quoted Rehman Malik, Pakistan's Interior Minister.

Accusations that Pakistan withheld from U.S. and coalition forces bin Laden's secret hideout strained already tense relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.

"It will be a big event," the Sun quoted Pakistan chief military spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas as saying.

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