Bin Laden Home Sale Includes Bricks From Terrorist's Hideout

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By Ivana Kvesic, Christian Post Reporter
May 2, 2012|8:39 am

The Pakistani contractor who bulldozed the three-story Abbottabad hideout of Osama bin Laden is selling the remnants of the al-Qaida terrorist's last home.

"These bricks can be used by people to build new houses," Shakeel Ahmed, a well-known contractor in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad told Reuters.

The former home of the terrorist has become somewhat of a tourist attraction with some visitors looking to take home a souvenirs from the world's most wanted terrorist's last hide out, Ahmed told the news agency.

"Some come here looking for just one, so they can have them as a gift," Ahmed said.

The contractor is also selling two baths and a homemade TV aerial from the compound but fears that his entrepreneurial endeavor could attract the attention of Islamist militants and says he now must travel with a bodyguard.

"My family is very worried that my life is now is danger," Ahmed shared.

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Osama bin Laden was shot dead in his Abbottabad compound exactly one year to the date on Wednesday after the CIA traced him to the three-story villa situated northeast of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to sign a strategic partnership with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and to mark the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's death.

Speaking to troops at Afghanistan's Bagram Air Field, Obama told troops that the terrorist "got his justice."

"Because of the sacrifices now of a decade and a new greatest generation not only were we able to blunt the Taliban momentum, not only were we able to drive al-Qaida out of Afghanistan, but slowly and systematically we have been able to decimate the ranks of al-Qaida, and a year ago we were finally able to bring Osama bin Laden to justice," Obama said.

"That could have only happened because each and everyone of you in your own way were doing your jobs," the Commander-in-Chief told troops.

Last year, Obama told NBC News that the Navy SEAL raid he oversaw from Washington that led to bin Laden's death was the "longest 40 minutes" of his life.

 

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