Buried at sea
Washington, May 2: Osama bin Laden was buried at sea, apparently over fears that his land burial may become a site to attract his followers.
The body of world’s most wanted man, killed by US Special Forces, was handled in Islamic tradition and given a burial at sea, US officials said.
“We are ensuring that it is handled in accordance with the Islamic practice and tradition. This is something that we take very seriously. And so therefore this is being handled in an appropriate manner,” a senior administration official said.
No details about the last rites of bin Laden was available, except for officials saying that US decided to bury him at sea.
The burial took place within hours after his body was airlifted by US Special Forces.
Burying his body at sea would ensure that his final resting place does not become a shrine and a place of pilgrimage for his followers as that of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussain, whose grave has been converted into a tomb, which is treated more like a shrine by his followers.
Bin Laden was al Qaeda’s only commander in its 22-year history, and largely responsible for its mystique, its attraction among jihadists, and its focus on America as a terror target.
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