Bin Laden buried at sea

Bin Laden buried at sea

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FILE - In this 1998 file photo, Ayman al-Zawahri, left, holds a press conference with Osama bin Laden in Khost, Afghanistan and made available Friday March 19, 2004. A person familiar with developments said Sunday, May 1, 2011 that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body. (AP Photo/Mazhar Ali Khan)

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by MATT APUZZO

The Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 1:56 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.  

After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.  

The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.  

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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