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Did Blackburn Council Know Osama Bin Laden Was In Its Twin Town Of Abbottabad?

by | 11th, June 2011

LOCAL newspapers love a local angle to the big story. and so it is that the Lancashire Telegraph reports that Abbotabad, the the Pakistani town where Osama Bin Laden was hiding, was in a school twinning partnership with Blackburn.

The British Council’s Blackburn Abbottabad Partnership, in association with Connecting Classrooms, fostered ties between the place and Daisyfield Primary School, Beardwood Humanities College and St Thomas and St Matthew’s primary schools.

Coun Maureen Bateson, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “It was such a coincidence, we couldn’t believe it. The school phoned us to ask for advice, and I would hope something like this doesn’t necessarily stop the links from being there.”

The local councillor could not believe that Blackburn, a town with a notable Pakistani community, had links with a large town in Pakistan? Why is this so hard to believe? Is the council in the habit of knocking on the doors of all houses in all town it twins with to see if a wanted man is living there? If not, why not? This must not be repeated. Think of the kids!

Says the paper:

Under the programme, children in Blackburn have exchanged letters with youngsters in Abbottabad, the city 30miles north of Islamabad where the Al Qaeda chief was found and shot dead by US soldiers last month.

Blimey! Letters is bad enough but what if they had graduated to parcels?


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