Osama may have been killed by his own guards: Report

An unknown source told Dawn newspaper that Osama `might have been killed by one of his own guards in line with his will to avert his capture.`

Last Updated: May 03, 2011, 17:58 PM IST

Islamabad: Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden
might have been killed by one of his own guards in line with
his will to prevent his capture during a raid by US forces
near the garrison city of Abbottabad in northwest Pakistan,
according to a media report on Tuesday.

US officials have said that the world`s most wanted man
was killed with one or two shots to the head when he resisted
after American special forces yesterday stormed a compound
near Abbottabad where he was hiding.

However, an unnamed told the Dawn newspaper that
mastermind of the most devastating attack on US soil "might
have been killed by one of his own guards in line with his
will to avert his capture".

"From the scene of the gun battle it doesn`t look like he
could have been killed at point blank range from such a close
angle, while offering resistance," said the official who
visited the scene of the assault soon after the departure of
the US team from the compound in Thanda Choa or Bilal Town, a
stone’s throw from the Pakistan Military Academy.

One of bin Laden`s son, two couriers and a woman being
used as a human shield were also killed in the pre-dawn raid,
US officials said.

Details about the US raid on the large compound
surrounded by unusually high walls are still emerging.

US helicopters were hovering over the area at around
12.30 am yesterday and it took the "US assault team of 25 Navy
SEALs and CIA hit men" about 40 minutes to clear the area and
take away bin Laden’s body, officials told the Dawn.

One of the two helicopters involved in the assault "went
down during action" and an official who visited the scene said
there was no evidence to suggest that it might have been hit
by a rocket or shot from the ground.

"There was no evidence of the helicopter having been shot
down. From the wreckage it appears to be more a case of a
crash," he said.

A loud explosion heard during the gun battle might have
been caused by the assault team destroying the helicopter, the
official said.

Contrary to the US claim, the official said three of bin
Laden`s guards were killed.

The body of one guard, described as an Afghan or a
tribesman, was lying in the compound. The bodies of two guards
were found in the living quarters.

The US team took away only bin Laden’s body, leaving
behind a number of women and children.

Bin Laden`s two wives, both in their early 50s and one of
them of Yemeni origin, were among those left behind.
A third woman, wounded in the attack, was taken to a
military hospital.

PTI