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America has said it is “inconceivable” that Osama bin Laden did not have a support system in Pakistan which enabled him to remain in the country for long periods.

White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan confirmed Washington did not inform the Pakistanis of the US special forces raid which killed the al Qaida leader until its troops were safely out of the country.

The disclosure that the world’s most notorious terrorist leader was tracked to a large mansion complex in a garrison town close to Pakistan’s leading defence academy again raised suspicions about the role played by the Pakistani intelligence services.

Speaking at a White House news conference, Mr Brennan said bin Laden must have enjoyed help from within Pakistan to have remained at large for so long, although he stopped short of accusing the Pakistanis of any official involvement.