Report says daughter confirms Bin Laden death

2011-05-04 12:56

Islamabad – Pakistan media reported today that a 12-year-old daughter of Osama bin Laden has said that she was present when her father was killed by US troops.

The Dawn newspaper said the unnamed girl told officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) that she witnessed the killing of Bin Laden.

“Osama bin Laden’s teenage daughter witnessed her father’s death in the compound in Abbottabad according to an ISI official,” the paper said.

But it did not provide details of the killing or the struggle with the US troops before he was shot dead.

Bin Laden’s daughter is the only person who has confirmed the death of the al-Qaeda leader after the announcement by US President Barack Obama that US forces had killed the mastermind of the September 11 attacks on Monday morning in Abbottabad, 60km north-east of the capital Islamabad.

Another daily, The News, said, quoting official sources, that Bin Laden’s daughter witnessed her father’s death.

“Osama bin Laden’s daughter confirmed her father was captured alive and shot dead by the United States special forces during the first few minutes of the midnight operation,” the paper said.

The assertion contradicts the US claim that the Navy SEALs tried to capture Bin Laden alive but killed him when he resisted.

The Dawn said that there were 17 to 18 people in the compound at the time of the attack and the US soldiers took away one of the sons of Bin Laden along with his body.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said yesterday that all those captured from the compound, including children, were being looked after and would be handed over to their countries of origin.

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