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Want a bin Laden brick? Pieces of Abbottabad compound sell for a nickel

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Shakeel Ahmed was hired to demolish Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The bricks piled up behind him sell for less than a nickel each.


ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan -- A contractor who was hired to demolish Osama bin Laden's former compound is selling the bricks as souvenirs.

Shakeel Ahmed was paid by Pakistan's government to strip the property of pipes, curtains, beams and even the former al-Qaida leader's bathtubs.

Thousands of bricks remain, which Ahmed says he plans to donate to the poor and sell off at auction.

But since word got out about Ahmed's stash, people from across Pakistan have been showing up in the hill town to buy bin Laden's bricks as souvenirs -- at a cost of less than a nickel each.


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U.S. forces found and killed the al-Qaida leader in the affluent Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where he had been living in a large compound.

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