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Bin Laden shooting photos will stay secret

graphic photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden, below, after US commandos shot him dead will not be revealed, the US government has said.

The Obama administration argued that publication would lead to deadly revenge attacks.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group seeking the imagery, Justice Department lawyers said the CIA found 52 photographs and video recordings of the May 1 operation in Pakistan.

They argued the images of the dead al-Qa'ida terror chief were classified and were being withheld from the public to avoid inciting violence against Americans overseas and compromising secret systems and techniques used by the CIA and the military.