May 7, 2011 6 Comments ›› Angelia
A newly-released video shot inside Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan lair shows the world’s most wanted terrorist lived in garbage-strewn squalor, opting for security over style.
The brief tour of the his hideaway, taped by Al Jazeera, indicates Bin Laden, his family members and other associates were hardly living the high life.
The video taken some time after Bin Laden’s death was released as U.S. intelligence officials showed reporters home movies of the mass murderer seized from the compound during last weekend’s raid.
The five movies provided the first public look at Bin Laden’s life while hiding behind the walls of the ramshackle home.
They include shots of Bin Laden watching news coverage of himself on television, and outtakes from his propaganda films, the Associated Press reported.
In the Al Jazeera video, the compound in Abbottabad featured a garden inside its barbed wire-topped walls, along with a trough for feeding livestock.
There were few windows and very narrow corridors in the $1 million, three-story compound.
While it was unclear when the video was shot, there was evidence of last weekend’s U.S. Navy SEALs mission that killed the bearded World Trade Center mastermind.
The video clearly shows blood on the floor of one hallway, and another is pockmarked with apparent bulletholes. Several windows are also shattered in the residence, which had clearly fallen into disrepair.
Bin Laden was killed in a third-floor bedroom where one of his wives was wounded during the precision raid.
Trash, including a half-filled plastic bucket, is piled throughout the home. It appears that much of the house was stripped clean, possibly during the 40-minute U.S. raid.