Osama Bin Laden killed in Pakistan, buried at sea by U.S. forces
Osama bin Laden has been killed in a firefight with US Special Forces in Pakistan. His body has apparently been buried at sea.
Over the past few hours, the United States authorities have announced that Osama bin Laden has been killed in fighting in Abbottabad, Pakistan and his body is now in US custody. Abbottabad is 'around 200km' east of Peshawar, Pakistan.
Bin Laden has long been held as the spectre of modern terrorism, following the 9/11 attacks on United States homeland. The United States has been engaged in operations since 2001 to find and capture Osama Bin Laden, the head of the terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda.
Crowds have been gathered outside the White House in Washington DC, chanting "USA, USA" since the news emerged. Bin Laden was at the top of the US 'most wanted' list.
Plenty of new information is coming through now. Here are some key points:
- Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was subject to attention due to the high walls and lack of external communication
- The compound was located 800 yards away from one of the largest Pakistani military training camps
- US special forces killed Bin Laden during a 'firefight' in which no US personnel were harmed
- Bin Laden's body has apparently already been buried at sea - notably to avoid his grave becoming a 'terrorist shrine'
- The Navy Seals were operating under secondment by the CIA, to allow for a legal use of force in Pakistan
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