Bin Laden hid behind women in firefight: White House

WASHINGTON Mon May 2, 2011 2:32pm EDT

John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, speaks 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, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, speaks about the killing of Osama bin Laden from the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington May 2, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden tried to hide behind women as U.S. special forces attacked his compound in Pakistan Monday and one died being used as a human shield, the White House said.

White House counter terrorism chief John Brennan also told reporters that it had not yet been determined if a photograph of bin Laden's corpse would be released to the media.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Alister Bull, editing by Sandra Maler)

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