The woman who the White House said lunged at a US Navy SEAL in a desperate attempt to protect Osama bin Laden has been identified as the terror lord’s youngest wife.
The woman – identified by a passport found inside the al-Qa’ida leader’s Pakistani compound as 29-year-old Amal Ahmed Abdul Fatah – was in the room when commandos shot bin Laden, the New York Post quoted ABC as saying.
Fatah was shot in the leg and later taken into custody in Pakistan, officials said.
Fatah, who is bin Laden’s fifth wife and the only one living with him in the house, had “been gifted” to the al-Qa’ida leader from a Yemeni family when she was just a teenager, ABC News reported.
She and bin Laden have had three children with him. Of his other four wives, he had divorced one and three had moved to Syria.
In initial accounts of the firefight, White House officials claimed bin Laden was armed with a rifle and had used his wife as a “human shield” during Sunday’s raid.
White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed more details of bin Laden’s death yesterday, saying the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks was not armed.
President Barack Obama will not release photos of the dead terror leader, nor visuals of his burial at sea, but has told the world that “you will not see bin Laden walking on this Earth again”.
He said he would not “trot out this stuff as trophies” or allow bin Laden’s image to become an incitement to violence.
Mr Carney also confirmed that the commandos had been authorized to kill bin Laden if he did not offer to surrender.
Mr Carney relayed to the media comments Mr Obama had given a reporter a short time earlier.
When asked how Mr Obama knew it was bin Laden, he replied: “When they landed we had very strong confirmation at that point that it was him.
Photographs had been taken; facial analysis indicated that in fact it was him. We hadn’t yet done DNA testing but at that point we were 95 per cent sure.”
Asked he saw the pictures, the president said: “Yes.”
Asked for his reaction, the president said: “It was him. Agencies