Daughter: Bin Laden captured alive, executed later
Al-Arabiya, citing Pakistani security officials, reported that the 12-year-old daughter of Bin Laden saw her father executed after capture and drug aboard a helicopter.
The official allegedly rejected any notion a firefight took place.
“Not a single bullet was fired from the compound at the US forces and their choppers. Their chopper developed some technical fault and crashed and the wreckage was left on the spot,” the official told Al-Arabiya.
The White House has already changed its story a number of times. It was revealed that Bin Laden did not use one of his wives as a human shield, after the administration initially claimed he had and it was also later learned the al-Qaeda leader was shot while unarmed. Previously it had been reported that he resisted and was armed with a rifle.
The Obama administrations response following the mix up was to clarify that Bin Laden resisted and that resistance did not require he be armed.
US Fox News has also reported that Bin Laden was in possession of large amounts of cash and phone numbers, leading many to believe he was getting ready to flee the home or was prepared in the event he was forced to leave quickly.
On top of these revelations the National Enquirer claimed in a report that the man pleaded for his life and told US forces “it’s not me.”
Security officials apparently did not recover any arms or explosives following an all-encompassing search of the compound. They did however remove two buffalos, a cow and roughly 150 chickens in addition to computer hard drives, DVDs and an array of documents.
According to the Pentagon it was also in the plan for the US forces to remove and take Bin Laden’s family with them when they left the compound. But, the failure of one of the helicopters forced them to scrub that part of the plan.
The mix of stories and lack of tangible evidence of what actually occurred has left many angry and confused.
An Islamist group in Pakistan took to the streets in protest, yelling, “Down with America! Down with Obama!” and “Jihad, Jihad the only treatment for America.”
“Let me make it very clear that we will avenge the martyrdom of Osama bin Laden, and we will do it by carrying out attacks in Pakistan and America. We will teach them an exemplary lesson,” said Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan.
A British bishop has also blasted the acts of the US, arguing the incident was more about revenge than justice.
“The more I consider it the more concerning I find it. The thing that troubles me most is the way some are speaking of justice being done,” said Rt. Rev. Michael Scott-Joynt, the Bishop of Winchester. “What has actually happened, only too sadly understandably, is, I think, much more reasonably viewed as an act of vengeance or revenge.”