Bin Laden found in custom-built compound
Long believed to be hiding in caves, Osama bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy.
An American official says the compound that was built in 2005 has 12 to 18-foot walls topped with barbed wire with two security gates, and there's no telephone or Internet service connected to it.
The compound is located in a city that is home to three army regiments and thousands of military personnel. Abbottabad is surrounded by hills, with mountains in the distance.
The location raised pointed questions of whether Pakistani authorities knew the whereabouts of the world's most wanted man.
Officials say one key to the end of the manhunt was a courier trusted by bin Laden.
In November, intelligence officials found out the courier was living in a huge fortified compound in Pakistan. The officials concluded bin Laden was there.
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