Bin Laden burial followed Islamic custom, official says

By REUTERS
May 2, 2011 19:12



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 said.



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