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US official: Bin Laden's body buried at sea

A US official has said that the body of Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea – as Islamic practice and tradition calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours of death.

Image: AP Photo/Mazhar Ali Khan, File

A US OFFICIAL says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.

After bin Laden was killed in a raid by US forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the US decided to bury him at sea.

The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.

- AP

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