independent

Friday 18 April 2014

Bin Laden's secret Islamic burial at sea is disclosed

OSAMA bin Laden's burial at sea was confirmed by a senior US sailor with the coded message 'FedEx delivered the package', newly published documents have disclosed.

Emails released by Barack Obama's administration gave a glimpse of the scene in May last year, when a US aircraft carrier secretly disposed of the al-Qa'ida chief's body in the Arabian Sea.

Only a handful of officials aboard the USS Carl Vinson witnessed the burial. Bin Laden was transferred to the carrier after being killed in a raid by US Navy SEALs on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1.

An email sent to senior military officials described the 50-minute ceremony.

"Traditional procedure for Islamic burial was followed," it read. "A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic. The body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased's body slid into the sea." (©Daily Telegraph London)

Irish Independent

Also in this Section

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Independent.ie on Twitter

More

Most Read

Independent Gallery

Your photos

Send us your weather photos promo

Celebrity News