04 May '11, 1am

Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed by US commandos, a US official revealed

Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed by US commandos, a US official revealed

An undated recent file picture shows Osama bin Laden attending a meeting with a Kalashnikov on his lap. Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed by US commandos, US officials said. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - OSAMA bin Laden was unarmed when killed by US commandos in Pakistan, while Islamabad had to be kept in the dark about the raid in case the Al-Qaeda leader was tipped off, US officials said on Tuesday. In some of the frankest comments from President Barack Obama's administration since Osama was shot dead on Sunday night, CIA director Leon Panetta laid bare the chasm of mistrust between the 'war-on-terror' allies. 'It was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardise the mission,' he told Time magazine in an interview. 'They might alert the targets,' he added in a blunt and damning remark. US officials debated whether to release a 'gruesome' ...

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