Bin Laden's wife not killed in raid, White House says

WASHINGTON Mon May 2, 2011 7:56pm EDT

John Brennan (L), assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney smile as they take the rostrum to speak about the killing of Osama bin Laden from the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

John Brennan (L), assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney smile as they take the rostrum to speak about the killing of Osama bin Laden from the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington May 2, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman killed during the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was not his wife and was not used as a human shield by the al Qaeda leader before his death, a U.S. official said on Monday, correcting an earlier description.

John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top counter- terrorism adviser, told reporters earlier that the slain woman had been one of bin Laden's wives and had been used -- perhaps voluntarily -- as a shield during the firefight.

However, a different White House official said that account had turned out not to be the case. Bin Laden's wife was injured but not killed in the assault.

U.S. officials have said a small U.S. strike team, dropped by helicopter to bin Laden's hide-out near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad under cover of night, shot the al Qaeda leader dead with bullets to the chest and head. He did not return fire.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Alister Bull; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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Comments (4)
NobleKin wrote:
Eva Braun in a Burkha?

She knew who he was, and therefore knew the risks…

May 02, 2011 3:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Cbad wrote:
Good. She probably would have sued for wrongful death.

May 02, 2011 5:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
justuhvoter wrote:
All the comments regarding Democrat or Republican credit are foolish. The only credit goes to the brave soldiers who carried out the mission.

The REAL question is how in h*ll the most disgusting murderer in recent history could live a few miles outside a national capital, in a comparatively luxurious mansion in the center of a town of 100,000 on the main road to China, surrounded by the homes of military officers and 200 yards from the equivalent of West Point for 5 years, and do so “without anyone knowing”. In honor of the thousands of Americans who have died in the fight against terror, Osama lived in a SAFE HOUSE FOR STATE SPONSORED TERRORISTS, and Pakistan should be made to pay for its complicity. Obama/Clinton are liars to say Pakistan is our ally. Pakistan is our enemy.

May 03, 2011 2:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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