Sunday, May 1, 2011

bin Ladin killed in firefight in Pakistan by a small US team

CNN's Chris Lawrence, citing U.S. Officials, reports that the compound where bin Laden was found - in Abbotabad, Pakistan, about 100 kilometers outside Pakistan's capital of Islamabad - was three stories tall, and about eight times larger than any of the buildings around it.

An official said a "small U.S. Team" was involved in the operation at the compound - the official would not confirm any U.S. Military involvement.

An official said bin Laden resisted the assault - and was killed in the firefight

Three other men were killed in the firefight, and a woman being used as a human shield was also killed, the officials said.

There were no U.S. Casualties, the officials said.
The U.S. Team was at the compound for about 40 minutes, officials said.

A U.S. Helicopter crashed during the raid because of mechanical reasons, an official said. It was destroyed, the officials said.
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