Report: CIA plotted vaccination ruse to get DNA from bin Laden home
The final hideout of slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is pictured in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 10.
July 12th, 2011
08:04 AM ET

Report: CIA plotted vaccination ruse to get DNA from bin Laden home

Pakistani security forces have detained a doctor who is suspected of helping the CIA try to collect DNA samples from people who lived in Osama bin Laden's compound before the terror leader's death.

A senior Pakistani security official confirmed the detention to CNN on Tuesday, but did not identify the doctor.

The news was first reported by the Guardian newspaper.

A raid by U.S. special operations forces killed bin Laden at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2.

But in the course of gathering intelligence for the raid, the CIA recruited a Pakistani doctor to run a vaccination program in the area. The goal was to try to obtain DNA evidence from bin Laden family members, the newspaper said - citing the information to unnamed Pakistani and U.S. officials.

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