Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pak Army releases Osama's neighbour after interrogation

Islamabad, May 8(ANI): Pakistani security forces have released Shamraiz Khan, who lives in a small house opposite to the main entrance of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's compound.
The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed Sunday night in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces at a luxury compound in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.
Shamraiz 's son Qasim said that his father called him late Friday night on mobile phone and told him that the army had freed him after interrogation.
He also said that his father had gone to his ancestral village rather than coming to his house in Bilal Town, adding that his father has been put under house arrest.
"My father is well, but he did not talk much, and just said that his cell phone had been taken away by the army," Xinhua quoted Qasim, as saying.
Earlier, Qasim and his grandfather told journalists that Shamraiz was taken away by Pakistani security men hours after the US Special Forces conducted raid over the compound where Osama had lived for five years.
Shamraiz's wife told reporters that they had been living in the neighbourhood of Bin Laden, but she never had any knowledge about the people living in the compound.
She said that she had seen two men living in the compound and some time they were seen going with children. "However we have never seen women," she added.
Qasim said the two men-Tariq and Arshad-said that they came from Peshawar and Charsadda, a town some 40 kilometres from Peshawar.
They had a red-colour Suzuki car, but no one in the area knows about their work, he added.
The prayer leader in the town said that Shamraiz had also served as guard of the Osama compound, but his family members rejected the claim, saying that he is a farmer. (ANI)

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