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The plans of Bin Laden's compound

Below are the original builders' plans for Osama Bin Laden's house in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The US believes he lived here in secret for five or six years before being killed by special forces on 2 May.

The document shows that the property is held in the name of Arshad Khan, a name that may have been used by Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti. US officials say he was Osama Bin Laden's courier and the man who inadvertently led them to the Abbottabad compound. They also say he died in the 2 May raid.

The document describes the "proposed double storey house" as planned for the "Garga Cantt. area, Abbottabad". A second floor, not shown in the plans, was built later. The document is written in English and the measurements are in feet and inches. Bin Laden was shot and killed in the main bedroom on the top floor.

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