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Officials, Neighbors Describe Bin Laden's Compound

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan - Osama bin Laden may not have been living in the lap of luxury inside his 3,000 square foot house in an upscale neighborhood in Pakistan.

The house has been described as a mansion with luxury vehicles parked outside. But the walls are stained with mold and the windows are hidden. Some three dozen people, including 23 children, shared the three-story house surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet topped with barbed wire. Neighbors say the people inside rarely strayed outside, but two men could be seen routinely running errands.

Locals say the house was built about seven years ago. People initially were curious about the heavily fortified compound, but over time they just grew to believe the family inside was deeply religious and conservative.

A portion of the compound of a house, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed is seen half burned in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Local residents
showed off small parts of what appeared to be a U.S. helicopter that Washington said malfunctioned and was disabled by the American commando strike team as they retreated, while Pakistan's leader on Tuesday denied suggestions that his country's security forces had
sheltered Osama bin Laden.



      
      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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