02 May '11, 10pm

Osama's wife served as human shield, says US official

WASHINGTON: One of Osama bin Laden's wives acted as a human shield in an unsuccessful bid to save the Al-Qaeda leader's life before he was killed in a raid by US special forces, a top US official said on Monday. "There was family at that compound, and there was a female who was, in fact, in the line of fire that reportedly was used as a shield to shield Osama from the incoming fire," counter-terrorism official John Brennan said. Pressed on reports the woman shot dead by Navy SEALs during a firefight at a compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan was one of Osama's four wives, Brennan told a White House briefing: "That's my understanding." Brennan said it was not entirely clear "whether or not Osama or the son or whatever put her there or she put herself there" or whether the Al-Qaeda chief himself fired rounds during the exchange. "From a visual perspective, here is Osama who has...

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