Local residents watch as authorities use heavy machinery to demolish the compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Pakistan was more than halfway done Sunday demolishing the three-story compound where bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos last May, erasing a concrete reminder of a painful and embarrassing chapter in the country's history. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani authorities have reduced the house where Osama bin Laden lived for years before he was killed by U.S. commandos to rubble, destroying a concrete symbol of the country's association with one of the world's most reviled men.
Workers completed the demolition job in this garrison town in northwest Pakistan Monday.
The al-Qaida leader moved into the three-story house in 2005. Acting on intelligence gathered by the CIA, a team of U.S. commandoes flew in by helicopter from Afghanistan and killed bin Laden on May 2 before dumping his body at sea hours later.
The operation left Pakistan's army in the awkward position of explaining why it had not detected the U.S. raid, and how bin Laden was able to live in Abbottabad without the government's knowledge.