WASHINGTON - Al Qaida leader Osama bin
Laden was buried at sea from the deck of a US aircraft
carrier in the north Arabian Sea after being washed according
to Islamic custom and receiving a religious funeral, a US
defense official said on Monday.
"Preparations for at-sea burial began at 1:10 a.m. EST (0510
GMT) and were completed at 2 a.m. EST," the official said.
"Traditional procedures for Islamic burial were followed."
"The deceased's body was washed and then placed in a white
sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag and a military
officer read prepared religious remarks which were translated
into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete,
the body was place on a prepared flat board, tipped up,
whereupon the deceased's body eased into the sea," the official
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