Pakistan has completed the destruction of the house where Osama bin Laden lived for years before he was killed last year by US commandoes.
Pakistan has completed the destruction of the house in Abbotabad where Osama bin Laden lived for years before he was killed last year by US commandos.
The operation to eliminate Osama bin Laden left Pakistan's powerful army in the awkward position of explaining how it was unable to stop US troops from attacking a compound deep inside Pakistan and located next to the country's military academy.
Workers began ripping down the three-story structure in the army town of Abbotabad in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday night and finished the job before dawn on Monday.
It was unclear why authorities decided to destroy the house, which has brought unwanted notoriety as well as sightseers to the town.
It is likely an attempt to erase the symbol of the colossal security failure that humiliated Pakistan and severely damaged ties with Washington.
It is believed the Al-Qaeda leader moved into the three-story house in 2005.
Authorities never allowed journalists inside the building, and starting from a few days after the raid, stopped them from even getting close to it.
Property documents show the land was owned by a man who later served as a courier for bin Laden. He is believed to have been killed during the raid.
Last year, several foreigners were briefly detained for trying to see it, including the Danish ambassador and his wife.