The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden met his end by American special forces
Amal bin Laden told the story of the night to Cathy Scott-Clarke and Adrian Levy for their book, The Exile: The Flight of Osama bin Laden, which has been excerpted in the Sunday Times UK.
By 11pm on May 1, 2011, after dinner, the dishes, and prayer, bin Laden was fast asleep while his fourth wife lie next to him.
Outside, the streets were dark due to an electricity shortage, something that was a common occurrence in the area, but Amal awoke uneasily just past midnight.
She heard a chop chop chop sound and thought she saw shadows dancing on the windows. Bin Laden sat up, looking frightened.
‘Americans are coming,’ he said, panting. Then there was a loud screeching noise and the house rocked.