In a hastily-called national television address, President Barack Obama announced that the most wanted man in the world, Osama bin Laden, had been brought to justice. He had been shot in the head by Navy Seal Team Six in a raid on a compound just north of Islamabad, Pakistan, Obama said.
bin Laden was blamed by the United States government for orchestrating multiple terrorist attacks on U.S. interests, including the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. He was also touted as the head of the terrorist group al-Qaida.
But news of bin Laden’s death at the hands Navy Seals was greeted with skepticism in some quarters because of the number of previous reports of his death from people who would know, including former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, the assassinated former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Fueling speculation that the bin Laden execution is a ruse is the decision to bury the body at sea in the hours after the attack and the fact that many news organizations ran a photo they claimed to be the face of bin Laden showing severe trauma even as the White House claimed it was debating whether to release photos of the body to quiet skepticism.