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Bin Laden sons question killing

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Osama Bin Laden’s sons have denounced the “arbitrary killing” of their father and his burial at sea.


In a statement given to the New York times, the sons asked “why an unarmed man was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that the truth is revealed to the world”.

They also posted a separate statement on jihadist websites, calling the operation to kill Bin Laden a “criminal mission” which “obliterated an entire defenceless family”.

United States special forces killed the al-Qaeda leader on 2 May in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after a manhunt lasting nearly a decade.

The statement, attributed to Bin Laden’s fourth eldest son Omar bin Laden, criticises the US’ sea-burial of Bin Laden’s body, which the US says happened within 24 hours of his death.

“His sudden and un-witnessed burial at sea has deprived the family of performing religious rights of a Muslim man,” it said.

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US-Pakistani relations continue to be strained after President Barack Obama did not inform Islamabad prior to the raid.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the Pakistan National Assembly on Monday that “our people are rightly incensed on the issue of violation of sovereignty as typified by the covert US air and ground assault on the Osama hideout in Abbottabad”.

Gilani also dismissed as “absurd” allegations that Pakistani officials were incompetent or even aware of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad.

Al-Qaeda has vowed revenge for Bin Laden’s death, saying Americans will “pay the price” for Obama’s decision to kill their leader.


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