TODAY   |  May 03, 2011

Inside bin Laden’s Pakistani compound

Residents of the affluent Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. forces, say they were surprised to find out the 9/11 mastermind was living in their neighborhood. NBC’s Tazeen Ahmad reports from Abbottabad.

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>> near the compound where osama bin laden was killed. what did you see?

>> reporter: good morning, meredith. we haven't been able to go much further with this camera but we have been filming all morning. the house is about 500 yards down this dirt track in an area still being developed. there are a number of plots still empty and also some houses half filled. this house was finished. what stands out apart from the house that it'sle huge is that you can't see it. there are huge walls, very high walls, 12, 14 feet high. on top of the walls are barbed fences. i could see the top of the house . it's about three stories high, but i couldn't see damage done to the house . along the walls of the house , they are not painted. there was an advert for a girl's school. that struck me as strange. and locals say when children in the area play football or play with balls and the balls went over the wall usually in the area people would just throw them back. in this house , somebody would come out, an unnamed person and give them money instead of returning the ball.

>> that's strange. are they saying anything about the death of osama bin laden on the street this morning?

>> you know, if you walk around this city, this town today, everybody is going about their business. women are shopping, men on their bicycles, kids going to school. but there is curiosity about the media. people are surprised. they didn't know much about who was living in the house . across pakistan there is a level of disbelief about this entire operation. huge skepticism, cynicism, a typical pakistani mind set with bin laden , that it didn't happen. they need to see more evidence, meredith.

>> thank you very much, tazeen ahmed.