Bin Laden 'eased' into sea in contentious burial

By REUTERS
May 3, 2011 01:12

 
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WASHINGTON - He may have been America's enemy number one, but after US forces killed him, Osama bin Laden was afforded Islamic religious rites by the US military as part of his surprise at-sea burial on Monday.

The US military said preparations for the al Qaeda leader's burial lasted nearly an hour.

His body was washed before being covered in a white sheet and religious remarks translated into Arabic by a native speaker were read over bin Laden's corpse.

"The burial of bin Laden's remains was done in strict conformance with Islamist precepts and practices," said John Brennan, US President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser.

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