12 Jul '11, 1am

The US ran a fake vaccination drive in the Pakistan town Osama was hiding in, to gather DNA from his family: Report

The US ran a fake vaccination drive in the Pakistan town Osama was hiding in, to gather DNA from his family: Report

Pakistani children walk past the house of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON - US INTELLIGENCE launched a fake vaccination drive in the Pakistan town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an effort to gather DNA from members of his family, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. CIA officials recruited a senior local doctor to organise the campaign after it tracked down a courier for Osama to what turned out to be the Al-Qaeda fugitive's compound in the town of Abbottabad, the British newspaper said. Before launching the high-risk operation against Osama, US officials wanted to test DNA samples from people living at the compound with a sample that they had from his sister. Doctor Shakil Afridi, who has since been arrested by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency, launched the programme in Abbottabad's poorest are...

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