CIA team visits Osama hideout, searches for over 6hrs
The CIA team which flew to the spot in a helicopter scoured the three storied complex for more than six hours in the compound, `The Dawn` reported.
According to the report, police and other sources did not confirm the visit, but `The Express Tribune` quoting their sources said that more than five CIA forensic experts were flown into Abbottabad.
The team scoured the heavily-guarded compound in Bilal Town for an hour for additional clues, for example, evidence hidden in walls or buried under floors or elsewhere in the compound.
Sleuths of Pakistan`s spy agencies accompanied the CIA experts who reportedly used sophisticated equipment to scour the compound, looking for clues, the report said.
Police was tasked to make a second cordon 600 feet away from the bin Laden compound.
Media persons were barred from covering the trip and television cameramen were not allowed to film the compound even from a distance. The visit comes after Pakistani authorities granted the Pentagon`s request to allow CIA experts to visit the compound where bin Laden had reportedly lived undetected for years.
Yesterday`s visit by the CIA team was first for the agency sleuths to enter a complex that it had previously scrutinised only from a distance, using satellites, stealth drones and spies operating from a nearby safe house before bin Laden was killed in the operation undertaken by US Navy SEALS commandos on May 2.