A U.S. official said today that Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea, following an earlier announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama that American forces had killed the terror mastermind in his Pakistan hideout.
After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be 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 U.S. decided to bury him at sea.
The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.
Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who masterminded the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States is dead and the U.S. had recovered his body, U.S. President Barack Obama said from Washington late Sunday.
"Justice has been made," Obama said in a heartfelt address from the White House, as he remembered the close to 3,000 people victims of the 2001 attacks.
The United States first discovered a lead on bin Laden's whereabouts in August 2010, and Obama recounted his meeting with CIA head Leon Panetta, in which he said the capture of the al-Qaida leader was to be a top priority. (Reuters )
Comments - 15
Pro.B.K.Amarasiri Monday, 02 May 2011 12:14 PM
its an american dream. Bcos Al kaida says, bin laden not dead...what is true ...its big doubt...may be video or image editing?
Aruna kumar Monday, 02 May 2011 12:17 PM
Asoka Abeywardena should be buried like this..... Be mind that all are human being...Still nobody knows whether this story is ture
jeffry Monday, 02 May 2011 12:18 PM
You think Israelis not terrorists.
ChrisT Tuesday, 03 May 2011 11:00 AM
I thought you wern't suppose to dump garbage in sea.
Vijayabahu Monday, 02 May 2011 09:55 AM
good work America.. you buried at sea , we body burnt and put the ash to saa.. All terrors to hell.....
Dee Monday, 02 May 2011 10:13 AM
why 24hrs? expiry date? should have kept for next of kin to do the honours. anyways , too bad for the sea.
asoka abeywardena Monday, 02 May 2011 10:15 AM
he should be buried with remains of a pig...just like Israelis do to terrorists...
Mavani Billinda Tuesday, 03 May 2011 04:29 AM
buried or frozen???
nishantha Monday, 02 May 2011 10:43 AM
they have learn lots of things from srilanka
Yohan Perera Monday, 02 May 2011 04:30 PM
Are you sure that Osama is human... Why are sympathizing Osama so much...
siraf Monday, 02 May 2011 04:32 PM
big terrorrist living ,at america and isreal.
SF Monday, 02 May 2011 04:29 PM
obviously you are ignorant to religious rites... which by the way don't change despite the lifestyle of the person.
siraf Monday, 02 May 2011 04:33 PM
he must live
xai Monday, 02 May 2011 04:48 PM
does the same statement apply to his Sri Lankan counterpart then???
Robin Monday, 02 May 2011 12:01 PM
Asoka Abey, you and Israel have no difference when it came for the respect of the dead.
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