Bin Laden's secret Islamic burial at sea is disclosed
Published 23/11/2012 | 05:00
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)
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