Osama bin Laden was unarmed when US commandoes stormed his compound in northern Pakistan and shot him to death on Sunday, according to new details provided by the U.S government.
A spokesman for the White House also said Osama resisted capture.
Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that during the assault, one of bin Laden’s wives “rushed” a US troop who entered the room they were in, and was shot in her leg, but survived. This is a variation of what US officials said on Monday – that the woman was killed because her husband user her as a human shield.
We expected a great deal of resistance and were met with a great deal of resistance. There were many other people who were armed in the compound, Carney said.
It is also unclear about what happened to the other members of Osama’s family who were in the compound. The US has not specifically commented about anyone it might have captured or taken into custody, However, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said that
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Osama’s family are in safe hands and being looked after in accordance with the law.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has its own questions about the raid that killed Osama.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said the Pakistan raid was a complex operation, and it would be helpful if we knew the precise facts surrounding his killing.
However, she acknowledged that taking [Osama] alive was always going to be difficult.