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Body buried at sea - US officials

The body of Osama bin Laden h as been buried at sea a senior US official told US television networks. No further details were available.

"We are ensuring that it is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition,'' another administration official said of the corpse.

"This is something that we take very seriously. And so therefore this is being handled in an appropriate manner."

Burying bin Laden's body at sea would ensure that his final resting place does not become a shrine and a place of pilgrimage for his followers.

US officials said the CIA tracked bin Laden to his location, then elite troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counterterrorism unit, flew to the hideout in four helicopters. Bin Laden was shot in the head in an ensuing firefight, these officials said, adding that he and his guards had resisted his attackers. US personnel identified him by facial recognition, the official said, declining to say whether DNA analysis had also been used.