Pakistani newspaper claims bin Laden was armed when killed

A Pakistani newspaper claimed Monday that al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was armed and looking for a hand grenade when he was killed by U.S. special forces in his compound in Abbottabad in 2011.

"When the SEALs reached Laden's room, he is said to have had a weapon in his hand and was searching for a grenade on the shelf," the Dawn newspaper said.

The newspaper said the information was based on a source who has seen the report of the Abbottabad Commission set up by the government to probe the May 2, 2011, raid. The report is yet to be made public.

The report "contains a treasure trove of information" on the hunt for bin Laden, the newspaper said.

Its findings reveal that the arrest of al-Qaeda member Khalid bin Attash in 2002 led to the breakthrough of the identifying of bin Laden's courier, Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti, according to the newspaper.

Dawn said that according to what the commission has discovered, al-Kuwaiti was with bin Laden's family in Karachi when they moved to the port city in October or November of 2001.

In mid-2002, apparently after the arrest of bin Attash, bin Laden's family and al-Kuwaiti moved to Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan, where bin Laden joined them, Dawn said.

From Peshawar, the family moved to Swat, where Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, bin Laden's right-hand man and the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks visited him.

Following Mohammed's capture in Rawalpindi in March 2003, a spooked bin Laden moved with his family to the small town of Haripur in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province.

It was while living in Haripur that al-Kuwaiti purchased the land and oversaw construction of the house in Abbottabad where bin Laden was killed.

The newspaper gave a detailed account of the living situation in the house and the raid carried out by the Navy SEALs.

Dawn reported that it has learned that the commission has given recommendations to the government that are aimed at averting "another May 2-like operation."

The commission is also reported to have recommended a probe into the issuance of visas to a large number of U.S. contractors who established a spy network within Pakistan.

The newspaper said it was not possible to find out whether the commission has investigated or made any recommendations to prevent fugitives such as bin Laden from hiding in Pakistan. Neither was it clear whether the commission has held anybody responsible for the presence of bin Laden in Pakistan, the newspaper said.