Al-Qaida confirms bin Laden's death

May 6, 2011

By The Associated Press

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Al-Qaida has issued its first confirmation of Osama bin Laden's death in an Internet statement posted on militant websites.

Friday's statement by the terror network says bin Laden's blood "will not be wasted" and it will continue attacking Americans and their allies. Bin Laden was killed Monday by U.S. commandos during a raid on his hideout in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is interrogating three wives of Osama bin Laden's who were in the compound during the U.S. raid that killed the al-Qaida leader. One wife, from Yemen, tells interrigators that she had lived in the hideout for six years without leaving its upper floors.

The wives' accounts could help show how bin Laden spent his time and how he managed to avoid capture, living in a large house close to military academy in a garrison town, a two-and-a-half hours' drive from the capital Islamabad.

A Pakistani official says the CIA has not been given access to the women.