Thursday, June 02, 2011

PoliticsPakistan: Osama's couriers: Kuwaitis went down with master, Pakistani journo assassinated

Christian Science Monitor (May33,2k11)
bIssam Ahmed, Correspondent 

Kotkai, Pakistan

Osama bin Laden’s couriers, Arshad and Tariq Khan – who were killed alongside him during the raid on his compound in AbbottabadPakistan – were born and raised in Kuwait after their Pakistani father settled there to become an imam, according to relatives and other residents in their ancestral village.
The residents’ accounts, confirmed by a Pakistan security official, suggest the couriers may have become radicalized in Kuwait. Meanwhile, the residents also report being intimidated by intelligence agencies, which are under the spotlight today after a prominent Pakistani journalist has been found dead.
Pakistan’s intelligence agencies swooped in to detain cousins and other close relatives of the couriers from Kotkai, a village in Pakistan’s mountainous Shangla district last week – weeks after Mr. bin Laden’s death on May 2.  A similar raid in the city of Lahore picked up a handful of relatives.

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