Conflict & Justice

Pakistan may allow US to question Osama bin Laden's 3 wives


Pakistani boys walk toward Osama Bin Laden's final hideout as military and police keep the area cordoned off in Abboattabad on May 8, 2011.


Aamir Qureshi

Pakistan may allow the U.S. to question Osama bin Laden's three wives before they are sent back to their respective home countries, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. 

All three were taken into Pakistani custody after the May 2 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs that killed bin Laden CNN reports. The 29-year-old Yemeni wife, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, was wounded during the raid.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik, in an interview Tuesday with CNN, did not say when or where U.S. officials could speak with the wives of the former Al Qaeda leader.

U.S. investigators, already combing through material recovered from bin Laden's high-walled compound, want to question his three wives in order to trace his movements and further infiltrate the terrorist network.

"The Pakistanis now appear willing to grant access. Hopefully they'll carry through on the signals they're sending," a U.S. official familiar with the matter said in Washington, Reuters reported. 

There was no immediate comment from the White House.

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