Monday, May 2, 2011

Back to being Shot in the head again - US: DNA Test Match Proves Bin Laden Death - 2nd May 2011

Osama bin Laden's death has been confirmed by DNA tests that show a "virtually 100%" match with the al Qaeda leader, US officials have revealed.

The world's most-wanted man was buried at sea in the early hours of the morning, after he was killed by a gunshot to the head at a villa in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

Officials said his body had also been identified by a woman believed to be one of his wives.

They added that a decision had not yet been made as to whether a photograph of the body should be released.

US President Barack Obama said: "The world is safer, it is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden."

A US defence official said Bin Laden was given an Islamic funeral, which involved him being wrapped in a white sheet and washed before being sent overboard.

They said the ceremony took place at sea because other countries - including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - refused to take custody of the body.

US chief counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan insisted Bin Laden would have been taken alive if there had been the opportunity.

That contradicted sources that had previously claimed the operation had been a "kill mission", with no attempt to capture the target. Read More