After days of controversy … shooter on bin Laden reveal his identity
Washington ( Washington Post + DIPLOMAT.SO) – A public row has arisen over which US commando fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden, more than three years after the al-Qaeda leader’s death.
Ex-Navy Seal Robert O’Neill, 38, has told the Washington Post in an interview that he fired the fatal shot.
This contradicts the account of Matt Bissonnette, another former Seal involved in the raid, in a 2012 book.
The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a 2011 Navy Seal raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Navy Seals usually abide by a code of silence that forbids them from publicly taking credit for their actions.
Mr O’Neill, who retired in 2012, had previously told his story anonymously to Esquire magazine.
He was scheduled to reveal his identity in a television interview later this month, but news of the interview angered other former Seals.
A website run by ex-special forces personnel published his name pre-emptively, apparently in protest at his decision to claim credit for the shooting.
Mr O’Neill said he and another member of the team – whose identity remains secret – climbed the stairs to the third floor of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and saw Bin Laden poke his head outside the door of one of the rooms.
The unnamed commando, at the “point position” leading the column, fired at him but missed, according to Mr O’Neill.
An instant later, Mr O’Neill went into the room and killed the al-Qaeda leader with shots to the head, he says.For more news and stories, join us on Facebook,Twitter , or contact us through our Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org