Amid tensions between Pakistan and the US, the Guardian newspaper revealed new informations about the CIA actions to locate Osama bin Laden.
The UK newspaper said that to get a DNA sample from the bin Laden family in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad (photo, from euronews.net), CIA agents recruited a Pakistani doctor and had him organise a fake vaccine programme.
On 2 May the al-Qaeda chief was killed during a US commando raid on his compound.
Relations between the two countries have worsened following that raid, with many in the US wondering how bin Laden was able to hide for years so close to the Pakistani capital.
The Guardian report explained that CIA agents recruited senior Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi as part of preparations for the raid.
The aim was to obtain DNA, but the paper said “it is not known whether the CIA managed to obtain any Bin Laden DNA, although one source suggested the operation did not succeed”.
The newspaper also added that in order to look more authentic the fake vaccination project was started in a poorer part of town.
The CIA had located bin Laden by tracking its courier to the compound in the town of Abbottabad.
But before launching an operation US officials wanted to make sure it was occupied by Osama bin Laden’s family, by comparing DNA samples with a sample they had from his sister, the report said.
Citing an unnamed US official, the New York Times also said a vaccination programme was set up in Abbottabad by the CIA, which was trying to discover if bin Laden was really hiding in the compound.
Osama bin Laden was believed to have ordered the attacks on New York and Washington on 9/11, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
Despite a $25m bounty on his head, bin Laden evaded being captured for almost a decade.