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‘Osama bin Laden shot hundred times’

Update : 15 Mar 2014, 03:16 PM

A claim has surfaced that the most wanted al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot more than one hundred times in the fatal 2011 raid.

A new report from a website known within the intelligence and armed services community claimed that the sheer number of times that Osama bin Laden was shot was the reason why the US government has never released photos of his dead body, reports the Daily Mail online.

Citing two confidential sources, the Special Operations Forces Situation Report tells how 'operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body'.

The site goes on to argue that while the Navy SEALs may have felt it was 'morally, legally, and ethically appropriate to shoot the body a few times to ensure that he is really dead and no longer a threat,' that does not justify the extent of this damage. 

In May 2, 2011, bin Laden was shot and killed inside a private residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by members of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Central Intelligence Agency operatives in a covert operation ordered by US President Barack Obama.

At the time of the raid, President Obama and his administration argued that they were justified in never releasing the photos of the dead body or the burial at sea because they could be used as propaganda for al Qaeda.

However, the new report, suggests that they were just trying to avoid retribution for allegedly being excessive.

Details about the classified mission were unearthed in SEAL Team Six member Mark Bissonnette's book, “No Easy Day”, which differs from the SOFREP account. In his book, Bissonnette does not put a firm number on the amount of bullets used but it sounds far less excessive than the latest reports. 

Bin Laden was a major target of the War on Terror from 2001 to 2011, as the FBI placed a $25 million bounty on him in their search for him.

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