May 022011

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Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, has been buried at sea, a US official says.

The al Qaeda leader was killed in a fire fight with United States forces in Pakistan and his body recovered, United States President Barack Obama announced today.

After bin Laden was killed in a raid by US forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body was handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said.

Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the US decided to bury him at sea.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.

Bin Laden was believed to have been killed by a gunshot to the head, a congressional source familiar with the operation said.

Obama said that he determined the US had enough evidence last week to launch an operation against a compound where bin Laden was believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

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