TODAY   |  May 06, 2011

US officials: Al-Qaida had trains in its sights

Documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal that al-Qaida was considering an attack on trains in the United States, timed on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.

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>> and the latest on the raid and killing of osama bin laden . ann curry is in abbottabad again this morning. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning to you, meredith. a few hours ago, a u.s. drone attack with multiple missiles fired was reported. this is likely to further inflame the already tense situation here. also today, a major push-back from the army. roads cleared, reporters, every cleared from osama bin laden 's compound as officials here want this embarrassment to end. this morning, new video emerged, shot by pakistani intelligence services inside osama bin laden 's compound. this as u.s. officials release initial details of what special forces found there on laptops, papers and cell phones. no references to specific plots. but, they say, it appears al qaeda operatives weighed options as far back as february 2010 as to whether or not they should attack trains on the september 11 anniversary as they have in britain, spain and india. embarrassed about the way the u.s. took down osama bin laden on thursday the most powerful man in pakistan called sunday's raid a misadventure warming in a statement that any similar action violating the sovereignty of pakistan would jeopardize the level of military/intelligence cooperation with the united states . a respected pakistani journalist and bin laden expert says security is gathering intelligence from three of bin laden 's wives taken into custody at the compound.

>> i think they can provide information to the investigators which areas where he was hiding, what kind of people he was meeting, and especially from how long he was hiding in pakistan .

>> reporter: u.s. analysts piecing together the life of one of those wives, amal asada was just 18 when she was married to osama bin laden then at 43 becoming his last and favorite wife. she was known to be devoted to him. she lunged forward seemingly to protect osama. she was shot in the leg. she was in the room when her husband died. she's from yemen, a country osama considered his homeland. she was like him -- simple, pious and not interested in luxury like his other four wives. it appears she lived her life on the run.

>> she traveled with bin laden during one of the most difficult parts of his life when he was mostly on the run traveling across pakistan , afghanistan with few luxuries yet she stuck by him.

>> reporter: there are reports that amal, now in custody, has told interrogators that osama bin laden and family members had been living in the compound for the past five years. she will know details about the life of the world's most wanted man and u.s. officials will want to speak with her. pakistan security is reportedly considering lettinging u.s. officials have access to osama bin laden 's wives but not to hand them over. also there is a report in the washington post that the cia had a safehouse here used to monitor movements at the osama bin laden compound. if so, locals here still don't know where that safehouse was. david, back to you.

>> all right, ann. thank you very much. reporting from pakistan