One week after Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos and President Obama has made his strongest comments yet over just how the al Qaeda leader was able to live in Pakistan for six years.
In an interview he said bin Laden must have had a support network which was possibly known to officials in the country.
However the president’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon was more guarded.
“At this point I’ve not seen evidence that would indicate that they had foreknowledge of this. That’s the first point. The second point though, is the fact that you’re alluding to, that Osama bin Laden was in this town for six years, 35 miles away from the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. In a town that was known as a military town, where they had an important military academy. This needs to be investigated.”
The Pentagon has released five videos of bin Laden found during the raid. By claiming the al Qaeda leader was still actively engaged in running the terrorist group its raised the pressure on Islamabad.
Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US said there would be an investigation.
“Heads will roll once the investigation has been completed. Now if those heads roll on a count of incompetence, we will share that information with you. And if, God forbid, somebody’s complicity is discovered, there will be zero tolerance for that, as well.”
The US is also calling for access to bin Laden’s three wives who survived the raid on the fortified compound. Washington says that based on a trove of documents found there, bin Laden’s hideout was an active command centre where they say he was plotting future attacks on America.