Did Bin Laden order his guards to prevent him from being captured alive? Or were his ‘guards’ actually local intelligence officers?
Slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by a bullet to the brain before Navy SEALs had even entered his bedroom in a Pakistan compound, a new book reveals.
New details have emerged of the daring 2011 raid which ended the terrorist leader’s life in an eagerly-anticipated first-hand account written by one of the men involved in the covert mission.
Writing under the pseudoymn Mark Owen, the SEAL says they were stealthily climbing a narrow staircase in the Abbottabad compound when the team’s point man saw a man’s head emerge from a doorway.
“We were less than five steps from getting to the top [of the stairs] when I heard suppressed shots. BOP. BOP,” Owen writes in “No Easy Day” according to the Huffington Post which obtained an advance copy. “I couldn’t tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room.”
When the SEALs entered the room, they found Bin Laden dead on the floor and a woman crying over his body.
He was wearing a white sleeveless T-shirt, loose tan pants and a tan tunic — and was unarmed.
“Blood and brains spilled out of the side of his skull,” Owen writes, saying the most wanted man in America was twitching and convulsing.
Owen and another SEAL then pointed their lasers at Bin Laden’s chest.
“[We] fired several rounds,” he says in the book. “The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless.”
Previous reports suggested Bin Laden was armed and had attempted to fight back in his final moments, but Owen describes the 9/11 mastermind as a coward.