Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the devastating attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City on September 11, 2001, was stopped by Pakistani police a year after the tragedy.
A new report compiled by Pakistani officials reveals that the wife of his one of the guards divulged this tale during questioning after Bin Laden’s death, but there are also a number of other stunning revelations, which were recounted by 200 witnesses that included some of Bin Laden’s family.
In 2002 or 2003, Bin Laden drove to a market with his security guard, Ibrahim al-Kuwaiti, and the guard’s wife, Maryam, when it was pulled over for going too fast. However Bin Laden “quickly settled the matter,” according to Maryam’s testimony.
The report has accused Pakistani officials of “gross incompetence” and of committing collective failures in their attempt to capture Bin Laden. Political and military leaders’ errors helped the terrorist mastermind evade capture whilst living in Pakistan for nine years.
Bin Laden spent six years living in a compound in Abbottabad, which was located less than a mile away from one of the country’s military academy.
The report, which was published today in Al Jazeera, stated, “Culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of the government can more or less be conclusively established.”
It also adds that Pakistani tax collectors, utility providers, citizenship agencies, and members of the local police had various reasons to investigate the compound that Bin Laden called home, however none of them ever did.
According to the testimonies of his various wives, Bin Laden lived “extremely frugally,” and they revealed that he only owned six pairs of local Pakistani outfits, three for the summer, and three for the winter, plus one black jackets, and two sweaters.
It also possesses a detailed account of the raid that cost Bin Laden his life, stating, “After the evening meal and prayer, Amal and the Shaikh retired for the night. Shortly past midnight, they were awakened by the noise of what at first sounded like a storm.” It was in fact the death of Bin Laden.