`Osama’s body was identified by a young girl`

In his book, Matt Bissonnette described how the Navy SEALs made their way through Osama bin Laden`s private quarters in his Abbottabad compound.

Updated: Aug 31, 2012, 11:02 AM IST

London: Osama bin Laden’s dead body was positively identified by a young girl who was in the room with him when he died, a former US Navy SEAL has revealed.

In his explosive book about the operation, titled No Easy Day, 36-year-old Matt Bissonnette, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, described how the Navy SEALs made their way through the terrorist leader`s private quarters on the third floor in his Abbottabad compound.

Bissonnette revealed bin Laden was shot before the team reached the room he was hiding out in, taken out by a point man as he peered through a doorway.

According to The Daily Mail, Bissonnette alleges he was the second man to step inside the room and find a man lying on the ground, surrounded by two hysterical women, later revealed to be two of his wives.

Three children, likely to have been bin Laden`s own offspring, were cowering in the corner.

Bissonnette and his teammate, named ``Tom`` in the book, then fired a series of rounds into his chest to ensure he was dead.

Examining the body, the pair became convinced they had killed bin Laden, the paper said.

As they photographed and took DNA samples, an Arabic speaking SEAL, called ``Will`` in the book, began interrogating the women, who refused to identify him.

So ``Will`` turned to the children, who identified the dead man as bin Laden.

“(Will) went over to the kids who were outside on the balcony. (He) knelt down and asked one of the girls, `Who is the man?` The girl didn`t know to lie. `Osama bin Laden’,” Bissonnette wrote.

“Will smiled. `Are you sure that is Osama bin Laden?` `Yes,` the girl said,” he added.