US A-G: Bin Laden killing was US self-defense

By REUTERS
May 4, 2011 19:36

 
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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Wednesday forcefully defended the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden by US military forces as an act of national self defense and said that he made no attempt to surrender.

US Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that bin Laden had no intention of being captured by American forces which conducted the operation over the weekend in Pakistan.

"Let me make something very clear, the operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed was lawful. He was the head of al-Qaida, an organization that had conducted the attacks of Sept. 11. He admitted his involvement," said Holder, the chief US law enforcement officer.

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