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Pakistan Demolishes bin Laden Compound

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(ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan) — Pakistan on Saturday began demolishing the three-story compound where Osama bin Laden lived for years and was killed by U.S. commandos last May, eliminating a concrete reminder of the painful and embarrassing chapter in the country’s history.

Pakistan was outraged by the covert American raid because it was not told about it beforehand. The country’s powerful military faced rare domestic criticism because it was not able to stop U.S. troops from infiltrating the country by helicopter from Afghanistan under the cover of darkness. The compound was located next to Pakistan’s equivalent of West Point, the elite U.S. military academy. (PHOTOS: Inside Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan Hideaway)

Three mechanized backhoes began demolishing the compound in the northwest town of Abbottabad after sunset on Saturday, said two local residents, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were afraid of being harassed by the government. Authorities set up floodlights so they could work after dark, the residents said.

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