Obama Admin. Reluctant To Release Photos Of Bin Laden's Body

By Peter Ambrose
By Scott Sarvay

May 3, 2011 Updated May 3, 2011 at 5:33 PM EDT

PAKISTAN (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A Senior US Official says the White House received 3 sets of photos Monday including OBL’s body at a hanger after he was brought back to Afghanistan, his burial at sea on the USS Carl Vinson and the raid on the compound where he was residing before his capture.

Officials say the challenge is which photos to release since some of the images are so gruesome and not appropriate for the front page of the newspaper even if they are the most identifiable.

President Obama addressed the nations shortly after 11:30 pm Sunday confirming that the Saudi-born extremist is dead.

"Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children."

Large crowds gathered outside the White House and Ground Zero waving flags chanting "USA, USA" after news of Osama bin Laden's death spreads among the public.

Details of the death are that bin Laden was killed in a compound raid by Navy Seals near Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.

The U.S. had been monitoring the compound in Abbottabad for months after receiving a tip in August that bin Laden might be seeking shelter there.

According to U.S. officials, two U.S. helicopters swept into the compound at 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged Bin Laden and his men in a firefight. After 40 minutes of fighting Bin Laden and all those with him were killed.

The American soldiers took bin Laden's body into custody after the firefight and confirmed his identity.

No US troops were killed or injured during the firefight that took out the head terrorist.

According to Pakistani officials, the operation was a joint U.S.-Pakistani operation, but U.S. officials said only U.S. personnel were involved in the raid.

One question still remains, will the death of bin Laden trigger terror attacks? Minutes after the announcement that bin Laden was killed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement authorities were put on high alert, ready to respond to any potential emergency as a result of an attack.

US official says bin Laden's body was handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition, buried in a simple white sheet and put to rest by the next prayer (Muslims pray five times a day). US officials concerned that the final resting place will become a terrorist shrine, buried bin Laden at sea.

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