ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Army has rejected claims in the US media that the country’s top intelligence agency ISI arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. Among those allegedly held by the intelligence agency, the ISI, was the owner of a safe house rented to the CIA to watch Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, the New York Times reported.
“No Pakistani soldier is under arrest, but we are interrogating several people whom we suspect of having been working for American intelligence services,” Inter Services Public Relations spokesman Brigadier Azmat Abbas told the BBC. He said that among those arrested were people “captured during a raid at a house located close to the Bin Laden compound”. “We suspect them of having been working for CIA,” he said. “Others being interrogated include people who used to visit the compound.”
Ten killed in drone attack
In a separate development, Pakistani intelligence officials said on Wednesday U.S. missile strikes have killed at least 10 militants in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region. Wednesday’s drone strikes hit a militant compound and a vehicle near Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal area, along the Afghan border.
Officials say those killed are believed to have been allied with militant commander Maulvi Nazir, whose fighters are said to cross the border to attack U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
South Waziristan was the main sanctuary for the Pakistani Taliban until the army launched a large ground offensive in 2009. But militants continue to inhabit the area and often carry out attacks against Pakistani soldiers.
The U.S. does not publicly discuss drone strikes in Pakistan, but officials have said privately that they have killed several senior al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.