Pakistan arrests dozens in connection with bin Laden compound
Pakistani Police guard the sealed main gate of the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
May 6th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Pakistan arrests dozens in connection with bin Laden compound

Dozens of people in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad have been arrested because of their suspected connections to the compound where Osama bin Laden was shot and killed, a Pakistani intelligence official said Friday.

Some of the individuals were arrested around the compound and investigators still need to determine if any of the people arrested have any connection with al Qaeda.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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  1. Smuba

    I don't see why we don't just drop napalm on these demonstrations.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nyc

    It is hard for people from the free world to understand the Arab countries where politics and religion are so intertwined. They will never have our type of democracy because of this and will probabaly develope their own type of democracy in the future after all of these uprising come to some end. World politics is a fudged up business !

    May 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daffy Duck

    boy the big production and bad acting goes on.these people are as much connected to Al Qaida as my name sake Daffy Duck!

    May 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JackInNH

    Yes, Pakistan's intelligence/military is a combination of ally, foe and incompetent. But as long as there are nukes in that country, so close to radical jihadists who would love to deliver them to the US in any form, we need to do this dance with Pakistan. The money we send to them certainly does not improve the lives of their poor majority, who hate us. Tough puzzle to solve.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Makapuu

    "The government has a long history of being "less than truthful" so I don't believe everything they tell us."

    I get it now.

    If the govmint tell us Osama is dead, he must be, because the govmint are liars.

    So, in order for deathers to believe that Osama is dead, the govmint must tell them that Osama is still alive.

    Therefore, if President Obama refuses to release photos that show that Osama is dead, he must be alive.

    So, the govmint really is trying to tell us that Osama is alive.

    But, the govmint are liars, so he must really be dead.

    There you go deathers, there’s your proof, Osama is dead.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dutchman2400

    It seems to me the Pakistanis are now trying to cover their rears by arresting a bunch of people.

    This reminds me of 1945 when the Germans living around Dachau said they knew nothing, saw nothing, heard nothing, smelled nothing while thousands of people were being exterminated inside the gates of the concentration camp.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. edtheman

    "Round up the usual suspects!"

    May 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ramakri

    Has anyone investigated as to whether there are tunnels from the home bin Laden was living to some outside residences and offices?

    May 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Sweeney

    Let's see if this is another rerun of "Casablanca", where the "usual suspects" are rounded up for a day or two, then released. Does anyone really believe that justice can be meted out where Osama lives down the street from the military academy, ministers who express opposition to blasphemy laws are murdered with impunity, and an illegal terrorist organization can mount an attack on civilians in India with direct training and supervision of ISI officers?

    May 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • wlkelly

      Bob, you stole my thunder. I thought the exact same thing. You beat me to it. They rounded up the usual scapegoat suspects to deflect attention from the military and government. I am ecstatic that the Big O's group agreed not to tell the Pakistani's anything about U. S. plans. I am somewhat disturbed that Obama commisserated over 16 hours before making a decision. Leon Panetta is a good guy and a true American. I still have serious, serous doubts about Obama and his motivations, but Gates and Panetta-absolutely true Americans.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kkim

      @Moe: if they capture him alive then the bad people start kidnap the innocent guys and threaten. That is the basic logic. There is no point of capture a terrorist alive and waste tax payers money by keeping him in jail for years. Look at India. They captured a terrorist alive (11/26 – mumbai attacks) and still prosecuting him. What a waste of money.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tan

      You said it for me, too, Bob.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. @ peace ppl

    Huh....funny everyone thought USA was the land of opportunists 😛

    May 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raju

      'US is and US will' always be a land of opportunities. That's why I am here in US from India and will always support US for my life.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Galt

      Amen brother. You are welcome to be here as good neighbors, tax payers and for all the good you and your family provide to the economy.

      May 7, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Moe

    It was not a huge compound as reported in the media. It was a modest size compound and their are tons of those in Abattabod. This is as much as a faliure of US intelligence as it is of Pakistani intelligence.

    Osama was not living in that compund for the past 10 years, infact that compund was sold to its current owner in 2006. Where was he before that? For all the so called superior intelligence that US has, why did it still take them 5 years to find out that Osama was living openly in a compound. Nice coincedence that he got caught just when Obama's approval ratings were dropping to a new low and the US economic crisis keeps on growing.

    Most importantly the first question I would have been asking if I was an American is, why did the US not capture him alive. You would think interrogating him would provide them with much more information about who was harbouring him and also much more about the al-qaeda network, than to just start blaming Pakistan for it. He was unarmed, the so called compound he was living in had absolutely no security, you would think it wouldn't be too difficult for the Navy Seals to capture him?

    I guess we live in a world where might is right. How would you feel if a foriegn country sends its apache helicopters into your air space with out your permission, in your neighbourhood to arrest Bush (who is responsible for killing more people that laden is), completely violating the country's sovereignty and ignoring all the UN protocol.

    I find all these claims of cutting down aid absolutely hilarious. We would have never needed this aid, had it not been for us supporting you lot in this so called war on terror. Pakistan was a much much peaceful country back in the 90s. Ever since our support for US follwoing 9-11, we have atleast one suicide blast each week, costing us billions of dollars. And sadly unlike US and India we dont have the media power to blame our problems on other countries. Just because US cant fully secure Iraq, and the fighters their are still resisting the illegal occupation, US can easily blame Syria and Iran. Same as in Afghanistan, everytime something happens, it is the insurgents coming in through the Pakistan border. What about all the Afghani insurgents that cross over the border to terrorise Pakistan?

    US created these talibans to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. All of these talibans including Osama are US creations. Sadly its Pakistan who has to pay the price for them right now. We dont need your aid. If you can fully seal the Durrand line (Pak-Afghan border), making sure that no more insurgents come to our land, we will be more than happy.

    Some of you need to read the story of Raymond Davis. These are the incidents that promote hatred. Just because he was an American he was allowed to kill two people in Pakistan and allowed to leave the country. Not to mention that his driver and other CIA agents ran over and killed an innocent civilian after getting a distressed call from him, just to try and make sure he doesnt end up in jail. With incident like these thousands of Osama's are born every year, you may kill one, but you create another 1000. This is a war that the US is not going to win by showing its strenght but only when it acknowledges, that an American's life is not more valuable than anyone else's in the world.

    Reading some of the comments here are hilarious, no wonder your leaders find it so easy to make a fool of you. Some of you really should stick to watching Jerry Springer rather than debate politics.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • NCSouthernBelle

      You getting paid by the word or something?

      May 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • effelbee

      Actually, your perspective makes it obvious that as a Pakistani you are defensive about this. Perhaps you should be commenting on a more local website. It does not matter to most readers that the compound is large or small for the area, like some house purchase. Where were your intelligence people from 2006-2011?

      May 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      stop whining Paki

      May 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Moe, Moe, Moe, To say that pakistan was peaceful in the 90's is a joke while there may not have been pakistani suicide bomers blowing up fellow paks or pak taliban killing paks your government was busy selling nuke secrets to the rest of the rouge nations of the world. Not to mention the great idea of stratigic depth your ISI thought was such a great idea is actually what created the Talibs now they are coming after u byt u r to uneducated and gullable to realize that it is ur own ISI that is killing fellow paks. Maybe u should stop being afraid of India and the West and be worried about your own population & the lack of education that allows u to beleive you were ever a peaceful country

      May 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Moe, Ray Davies was CIA correct? The 2 people he killed were ISI correct? Maybe Ray was there to confirm the fact that ISI was hidding OBL and that is why the ISI tried to kill him before he could confirm that fact. If not why did the big strong ISI and your Gov. let a stone cold killer go free maybe to avoid the outing of why he was there and why the ISI tried to kill him. BECAUSE YOU WERE HELPING OBL wake up before that gruop of idiots gets you killed when the USA cuts off your money and Idia kicks your ass because if the Pak gov. keeps double dealing with us we will stop paying you fools for nothing your military will collapse and Idia will kick your butts But hey its all the USA's fault

      May 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • waiting

      Moe... Moe... Moe... Until you have a clue about what you are talking about, you shouldn't go writing your manifesto. It makes you look foolish.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Moe – you seem like a smart guy so I'm hoping you can finally solve this riddle for me.....why are there so damn many pakistani cab drivers in New York City? Who drives the cabs in Pakistan?

      May 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moe

      effelbee, not being defensive about it at all. Just pointing out the obivous. I am not into any conspiracy theories, but why are you not asking yourself as to why a defenseless man was not captured? It would have been so much more beneficial and so much more logical for US to capture

      Rest of you, either your reply is too dumb to comment on or I cant really read your poor english. Its evening snack time in the US, shouldnt you guys be heading out for MickeyD's?

      May 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TxLatino

      I actually dozed on your second paragraph. Next time...get to the point

      May 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • XB2500

      If I recall the origin of the Taliban was the CIA & ISA? I believe the operation may have taken a little longer because it was near a military complex in Pakistan. I suspect he was killed because it was authorized as a “Lethal Convert Operation” since 2001. We would have likely interrogation him if we thought he'd talk, but it was likely not needed given the data that was found. Given the situation, I would be ok if Pakistan did the same had the roles been reversed.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raptor57

      moe,moe,moe... i know it's embarassing to have your most prize possesion picked out from under your noses by some of America's finest, but hey is in it O.K. to lie to your enemy

      May 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      blah blah blah blah blah blah .... He's dead get over it . You know why they put a bullet in his his ass ? BECAUSE THEY CAN !!

      May 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suli Akkibar

      You know Americans finding computer stuff in compound. They getting information so why Osama be alive. Thanking the USA.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      Moe....if you would stay to the point and not show your true silly self full of trivial and nonsense comments like "it's evening snack time in the US, shouldn't you heading to Mickie D's" someone would take you serious. Mistake number 1, don't insult or stereotype the same people you want to read your comments. I wasted my time reading part of your 10 pages comment because it looked interesting since there were many replies against you. You well deserve every one of them, moron!!

      May 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama been Bleedin

      "...that compund was sold to its current owner in 2006. Where was he before that?" Hmmm, let's see... We certain;y were looking for him and it's not like he was going to make it easy for us now, do you think?

      "For all the so called superior intelligence that US has, why did it still take them 5 years to find out that Osama was living openly in a compound." Hmmm, let's see... binLaden's wife said that she spent the last 5 years living there and she never left the compound. Logic tells me bin Laden was doing the same. I don't exactly call that "living openly" given the height of the compound walls topped with quite inviting barbed wire... I sense... hyperbole... Also, about our "so called" superior intelligence capabilities, that's exactly how and why we got him. You obviously have a very simplistic view of the world and how it works if you cannot comprehend that it can take years to bear fruit through intelligence, especially in the Middle East. Gosh I could go on but I'm afraid there'd be no point.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama been Bleedin

      Moe said: "I am not into any conspiracy theories, but why are you not asking yourself as to why a defenseless man was not captured? It would have been so much more beneficial and so much more logical for US to capture"

      Moe, two things. 1) Who cares if bin Laden was defenseless when he got popped? And how in that moment could someone tell that just because he didn't have a weapon in hand, there were no hidden booby traps or detonators in the room or something that he could trip? Would YOU have wanted to find out the hard way? 2) I couldn't disagree with you more about the value of capturing him instead of laying him out. The last thing the west needed was a years long trial process and bin Laden's followers trying to rescue him or exact even more revenge on those who are trying him. More propaganda from his mouth from behind prison walls, calls to incite his sick followers, the cost to society (like we haven't paid enough already) to incarcerate, clothe, feed and provide medical care for a base animal who wants to destroy us all and our way of life. All of that, totally not worth it. If you think capturing him and questioning him would garner any valuable information, you are deluded. No, for us and for the west in general, it's so much better that bin Laden is dead.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. @ Christophe

    US helps Pakistan keep India at bay? India needs Pakistan to be at bay! They are shielding themselves from Pakistan,not attacking...go crack open a book before making a fool of yourself in public. Also, US and Pakistan do NOT have a decades long co-operation ...US tried to excommunicate PAK in mid-90s , but that only led to PAK becoming more of a terrorist hub- a la now their strategy is to keep Pakistan as 'allies' they (think) they have somewhat more control on how that state grows. Of course within Pakistan, things are different...the people, the govt, the military and the ISI , all have different agendas. But that is a whole other discussion in itself. But seriously, your one dimensional simplistic view on a complex issue such as this is laughable. Read more !!!

    May 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. descarado

    America has nothing in common with the seventh century, pig-dog neanderthals of Pakistan. India is the civilized future of the region.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shina

    How did you get that?

    May 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. T. Brown

    The tunnel issue was a thought I had also and I believe is being investigated asap.Whats the fuss people,now that people have been arrested FINGER POINTING IS GOING TO BE RAMPANT...Now all we have to do is sit back,watch,listen and let Pakistan implode.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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