Pakistan to blitz Osama's final hideout live on TV

Jan 12, 2012, 08:54 IST | Agencies

Officials do not want the complex, where former Al-Qaeda chief was slain, to become a shrine

Officials do not want the complex, where former Al-Qaeda chief was slain, to become a shrine

Osama Bin Laden's hideout will be spectacularly destroyed by the Pakistan military in front of TV cameras, it has emerged.

Military chiefs plan to launch rocket propelled grenades at the mansion hideout in Abbottabad.

Big event: The walled mansion where terror chief Osama Bin Laden was
hiding before he was killed by US special forces will be destroyed in front
of US and European officials. file pic

It will then be bulldozed in order to prevent the walled complex from becoming a shrine to the former al-Qaeda leader.

The terror chief  -- responsible for the 9/11 attacks -- was dramatically killed by US Navy Seals at the hideout, which is 30 miles from the capital Islamabad, on May 2.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, "We will hit it like an enemy fort."

"But first we must erase everything related to bin Laden from our country," he added.

US and European officials will be invited to the demolition, which will take place next month.

A military spokesman promised it would be a 'big event'.

Following the raid on the hideout -- which was watched by US President Barack Obama live on TV -- Bin Laden was buried at sea.

But it led to increasing tensions between Pakistan and the US with Pakistan particularly stung by claims that it turned a blind eye to the hideout.

However, reports later surfaced that the Pakistani military was not planning to demolish the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by special US forces last year.

A military spokesman said remarks regarding the demolition of bin Laden's compound were 'totally baseless'.

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