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09/07/2013 09:14 BST

Osama Bin Laden Was Stopped For Speeding In Pakistan And Let Off, Report Claims

Osama bin Laden was pulled over for speeding long before he was eventually killed in his Pakistan hideout, it has emerged.

The 9/11 mastermind was heading home from a local bazaar when he was stopped with two of his aides.

According to the wife of one of the men, her husband "very quickly settled the matter" and the group was let off.

The claims come from Pakistan's official report into how Bin Laden managed to evade capture for so long.

It also reveals the terrorist would wear a cowboy hat to avoid detection and liked to snack on apples and chocolate.

Bin Laden was eventually shot dead by US Navy Seals being cornered in the town of Abbottabad, where he had been living undetected, in May 2011.

The report, published by Al Jazeera, said the al-Qaeda founder was able to hide in Pakistan for so long because of the "collective failure" of state military and intelligence authorities

It found evidence of "culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of government" and accused political, military and intelligence chiefs of a "sustained dereliction of duty".

Bin Laden's hideout was "hardly normal", the report said, accusing the government of "routine" incompetence at almost every level.