Osama Bin Laden ‘was not assassinated’

US Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the raid on Osama Bin Laden‘s hideout in which the al-Qaeda leader was killed was “not an assassination”.

Mr Holder told the BBC the operation was a “kill or capture mission” and that Bin Laden’s surrender would have been accepted if offered.

The protection of the Navy Seals who carried out the raid was “uppermost in our minds”, he added.

Bin Laden was shot dead on 2 May in the complex in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Mr Holder said the special forces had acted “in an appropriate way” in the absence of any clear indication Bin Laden had been going to surrender.

“If the possibility had existed, if there was the possibility of a feasible surrender, that would have occurred,” he said.

“But their protection, that is the protection of the force that went into that compound, was I think uppermost in our minds.”

Source: BBC news


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