New Delhi: The world's most dreaded and wanted terrorist who led the US on a 10 year long Cat and Mouse chase, in the end went down without a fight. The US intelligence and military operation that ended in the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was code-named Geronimo.
An amateur video coming out of Abbottabad shows gunfire inside the fortified million dollar mansion which housed the Al Qaeda chief and his family. US officials said that Laden did not fire back when he was ambushed. He was shot once in the head and then on the chest, US officials said. It also emerged that Osama's wife was not killed as was reported earlier. She was wounded in the operation and handed over to Pakistani authorities.
While US Navy seals stormed the compound 120 km outside Pakistan's capital Islamabad, US President Barack Obama and his team received timely updates about the operation. The White House released photographs that show the US President and his national security team being briefed in the Situation Room. Also present were Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The White House press briefing that followed clearly raised questions about Pakistan's role in the operation. Homeland Security official John Brennan said it was impossible that the 9/11 Mastermind did not have a support system in Pakistan.
The US action deep inside Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden has left Islamabad red-faced. Pakistani politicians and former diplomats admit as much. Speaking to CNN-IBN, politician Imran Khan said the whole confusion in Pakistan was embarrassing for the country.
Home Minister P Chidambaram said Bin Laden's killing in Pakistan validates what India has always said that Pakistan is and continues to be a terror haven. Talking to CNN-IBN, he also said that India will not lower its guard.