Osama was scared, confused in final moments

Osama was actually "shoving his wife" in the direction of a Navy Seal.

Last Updated: May 06, 2011, 12:08 PM IST

Washington: Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was "scared" and "completely confused" in his final moments, sources involved in last Sunday’s Navy Seals operation have revealed.

He was actually "shoving his wife" in the direction of a Navy Seal who ultimately shot him.

The information helps clarify the conflicting details about what exactly happened during the 40-minute raid in Abbottabad.

Fox News quoted the sources as saying that bin Laden acted in a "cowardly manner" when confronted.

Bin Laden was unarmed, but was standing near the door within reach of two weapons -- an AK-47 and a Makarov handgun that are now in US custody.

The handgun is a 9mm semi-automatic Russian pistol, standard issue in the Russian military until 1991.

A senior US official also told Fox News that only one of the five people killed in the raid was carrying a weapon and firing.

The overall scene was described as chaotic, with US forces encountering barricades and women in the compound screaming and attacking the men.

Another US official said there were "at least a half-dozen weapons" found at the compound.

ANI