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Osama's wife not killed in raid: White House

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Updated: May 3, 2011, 7:15 AM IST
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Osama's wife not killed in raid: White House
The White House official also said that Osama did not back fire when he was ambushed.

Washington: A woman killed during the US raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was not his wife and was not used as a human shield by the al Qaeda leader before his death, a US official said on Monday, correcting an earlier description.

John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top counter - terrorism adviser, told reporters earlier that the slain woman had been one of bin Laden's wives and had been used - perhaps voluntarily - as a shield during the firefight.

However, a different White House official said that account had turned out not to be the case. Bin Laden's wife was injured but not killed in the assault.

US officials have said a small US strike team, dropped by helicopter to bin Laden's hide-out near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad under cover of night, shot the al Qaeda leader dead with bullets to the chest and head. He did not return fire.

First Published: May 3, 2011, 7:15 AM IST
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