New Delhi, October8-Over three years after terror group al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by the US special forces in Pakistan’s garrison town of Abbottabad, a new book says his body was kept in a heavy black bag with 300 pounds of iron chain and then dropped into the sea.
In his memoir, former Central Investigation Agency (CIA) director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says that after Osama was shot dead on May 2, 2011, the body of the world’s most wanted terrorist was transported by the US marines flying an Osprey to waiting aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson for his burial in the sea.
“Bin Laden’s body was prepared for burial according to Muslim traditions, draped in a white shroud, given final prayers in Arabic, and then placed inside a heavy black bag,” Panetta writes in ‘Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace’ which hit the bookstores on Tuesday.
“Three hundred pounds of iron chains were put inside as well, to ensure that the body would sink,” he writes.”The bagged body was placed on a white table at the rail of the ship; the table was tipped over to drop the body into the sea. It was so heavy that it dragged the table in with it. As the body sank quickly out of sight, the table bobbed on the surface,” Panetta says without identifying the location.