(NEW YORK) -- New clues have reportedly surfaced regarding Osama bin Laden's ties with Pakistan that could help better explain how the al Qaeda leader managed to get away undetected in the country for years before being killed by Navy SEALs last month.
According to the New York Times, senior American officials say contacts to the militant group Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen -- a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency -- were found on the cellphone that belonged to bin Laden's trusted courier. The phone was recovered during the May 2 raid of bin Laden's Abbottabad compound, where both he and his courier were killed.
The officials told the Times that after analysts traced the calls made on the cellphone, they discovered that commanders of the militant group contacted Pakistani intelligence officials, and one even said they had met.
However, the officials noted that the communications between Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen and Pakistani intelligence officials did not necessarily revolve around bin Laden.
The militant group has since denied these claims and any links to bin Laden, according to the BBC.
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