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One of Osama bin Laden's wife says she lived at the compound for six years

One of Osama bin Laden's wife says she lived at the compound for six years

One of Osama bin Laden's wife says she lived at the compound for six years

A wife of Osama bin Laden said she had been living in the al Qaida chief's final hideout for six years without leaving the upper floors of the house, a Pakistani intelligence official has said.

Yemini-born Amal Ahmed Abdullfattah is one of three wives of bin Laden being interrogated in Pakistan. Authorities are also holding eight or nine children found at the compound after the US raid.

A security official said she was shot in the leg during the operation, and did not witness her husband being killed.

"We are still getting information from them," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said bin Laden was "cash strapped" in his final days and that al-Qaida had split into two factions, with the larger one controlled by the group's No 2, Ayman al-Zawahri.

The official spoke to a small group of Pakistani reporters on Thursday night and two journalists at the meeting told The Associated Press what the official said, asking their names not be used because of the sensitivity of the meeting.

The official didn't provide details or elaborate how his agency made the conclusions about bin Laden. The al Qaida chief had apparently lived without any guards at the Abbottabad compound or loyalists nearby to take up arms in his defence.

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Two Pakistani officials said the women and children claim bin Laden and his associates had not offered any "significant resistance" when the American commandos entered the compound, in part because the assailants had thrown "stun bombs" that disorientated them.

One official said Pakistani authorities found an AK-47 and a pistol in the house belonging to those in the house, with evidence that one bullet had been fired from the rifle.

"That was the level of resistance" they put up, said the official.


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