CIA team visits Osama hideout, searches for over 6hrs

Islamabad: A CIA forensic team has carried out an extensive search of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden`s Abbottabad hideout hunting for concealed chambers where he might have stashed his terror blueprints.

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.