During the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the Al Qaeda leader’s wife rushed the Americans as they stormed the room where her husband was, resulting in her being shot in the leg, but not killed. Bin Laden was then shot and killed. His wife and several children who were present at his death have since been taken into Pakistani custardy.
Despite the building not being guarded, apparently however, several other people in the building were armed and there was a “volatile firefight” that lasted roughly 20 minutes.
Officials at the White House have previously said the al Qaeda leader would have been captured alive had there been the opportunity to do so, but the revelation that he was in fact unarmed contradicts this statement.
The US is keen to dispel conspiracy theories, particularly in Pakistan, the death of Bin Laden, who evaded capture for almost ten years and was responsible for the 9/11 attacks in New York City, is a hoax.
One of the wives of the terror chief apparently identified his body and DNA tests compared with his family members showed a “virtually 100%” match. However, many residents in Abbottabad are finding it hard to believe that Bin Laden lived amongst them for up to six years without their knowledge, further adding fuel to the ever increasing fire of conspiracy theories. The lack of photographic evidence of his body and his swift ocean burial are also reasons for public concern.
A senior official has said that while footage existed of both the operation to get the Al Qaeda leader and his burial at sea, a decision had been taken not to release the former.
The material from bin Laden’s hard drive has been arrived at the CIA headquarters in Langley for further investigation.
The fundamentalist was given a traditional Islamic funeral involving his body being washed and wrapped in a white sheet before being lost overboard.