Washington: The US Navy Seals, which carried out the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, has finally revealed for the first time that how they killed the Al Qaeda leader within 90 seconds of entering his fortress-like home in Pakistan.
The Seals’ former commander, Chuck Pfarrer, has revealed the details of the raid in a book, insisting that they were not on a ‘kill mission,’ and that they would have captured Bin Laden if he had surrendered.
Pfarrer’s books revealed that the Seals’ nickname for Osama and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri were Bert and Ernie, the Courier Mail reports.
When they were first told they were going to Pakistan to pick up a high-value person who was holed up in high-walled compound, they asked, “So is this Bert or Ernie?”
According to an extract from The Sunday Times report, two Seals kicked in Bin Laden’s bedroom door. Bin Laden then popped out and then slammed the door shut.
The room, the Navy Seals recalled, “smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother’s house”.
Inside was the al Qaeda leader and his youngest wife, Amal, who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him.
“No, no, don’t do this!” she shouted as her husband reached across the king-size bed for his AK-47 assault rifle,” the extract read.
The Seals reacted instantly, firing in the same second. One round thudded into the mattress. The other aimed at Bin Laden’s head, grazed Amal in the calf.
As Bin Laden’s hand reached for the gun, the Seals fired again, one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his head.
Pfarrer’s books has also revealed that his men were angry with President Barack Obama for
announcing Bin Laden’s death on TV just hours after they completed the mission on May 1.