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Bin Laden's old compound destroyed in Pakistan

Good riddance: Pakistan razes bin Laden's old compound.

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The compound where Al-Qaeda head Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid last year in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan is halfway finished demolishing the compound that housed Osama bin Laden until a raid by US commanders last May killed the Al-Qaeda chief,  the Associated Press reported

Authorities roped off the area on Saturday night and have already torn down half the three-story building in the northwestern town of Abbottabad, said AP.

A Pakistani military official told CNN on the condition of anonymity that the "action was taken to keep the compound from ever becoming a shrine for bin Laden's followers."

The bin Laden operation chagrined Pakistani authorities, who were not informed of the plan beforehand. 

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The incident revealed increasing mistrust between US and Pakistani authorities.

The US has criticized Pakistan for not cracking down on militants fleeing to the country from neighboring Afghanistan, a situation that complicated counterrorism efforts in Afghanistan. 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/pakistan/120226/bin-ladens-old-compound-destroyed-pakistan