US Lawmakers to see Osama`s death photos

Some US lawmakers would be shown the picture of the corpse of Osama bin Laden.

Updated: May 11, 2011, 11:24 AM IST

Washington: The Central Intelligence Agency will allow a select group of US lawmakers to see photos of Osama bin Laden`s corpse, but only if they travel to the agency`s headquarters.

The Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will travel to CIA headquarters in Langley, to view the photographs, which have been described by White House press secretary Jay Carney as "gruesome."

Fox News quoted a senior US official, as saying that a large, open gunshot wound to Osama’s forehead revealing brain matter, can be seen in the photos.

The official added that one of Osama’s eyes is open while the other eye is "completely gone."

However, the White House announced last week that it would not release graphic images of Osama’s corpse, expressing concerns that they might incite extremists to retaliate.