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Bin Laden’s AK-47 on display in secret CIA museum

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-07-29

Osama bin Laden’s gun is the latest item to go on display in a secret museum within the CIA’s headquarters in Langley. The weapon was found next to the late al-Qaeda leader when he was killed by US Navy SEALs in Pakistan in May 2011.

A gun believed to have been owned by Osama bin Laden has gone on display in a secret museum within the headquaters of the CIA, NBC News has reported.

The Russian-made AK-47 was found close to bin Laden when he was killed by US Navy SEALs in his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan in May 2011.

"Because of its proximity to (bin Laden) there on the third floor in the compound, our analyst determined it to be his. It's a Russian AK with counterfeit Chinese markings,” museum curator Toni Hiley told NBC.

The weapon is just the latest acquisition for a private museum that fills three corridors in two buildings at the CIA’s base in Langley, Virginia, and has been dubbed “the coolest museum you’ll never see” by agency officials, according to the news channel.

It is part of a new collection of items gathered during the US’s so-called War on Terror, which also includes a piece of wall, topped with barbed wire, which was part of a full-scale mock-up of the Abbottabad compound used to train the SEALs for the raid.

Other items in the museum include a brick from the actual Abbottabad compound and several al Qaeda training manuals found in Afghanistan.

The CIA museum is closed to the public, but the spy agency’s website provides pictures and descriptions of some of the artefacts on display, which include clothing, equipment and weapons used by the CIA at various times throughout its history.

Date created : 2013-07-29

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