Osama Bin Laden shooter identity to be revealed in November

Published October 31st, 2014 - 04:23 GMT

The US Navy Seal who claims to have shot dead Osama Bin Laden is expected to reveal himself on television next month. 

The identity of the Team 6 member called "The Shooter" has been a top secret to protect his safety after the raid on al-Qaeda founder Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

According to a Fox News press release, the two-part interview, The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden, will see the Navy Seal "share his story of training to be a member of America’s elite fighting force and explain his involvement in Operation Neptune Spear, the mission that killed Bin Laden".

In it he will be "revealing his identity and speaking out publicly for the first time", it says.

The programme will air on 11 and 12 November.

The network, whose correspondent Peter Doocy will conduct the interview, said: "The documentary will provide an extensive, first-hand account of the mission, including the unexpected crash of one of the helicopters that night and why Seal Team 6 feared for their lives.

"It will also touch upon what was taking place inside the terrorist compound while President Obama and his cabinet watched from the White House."

The body of Bin Laden, who became America's most-wanted following the September 11 terrorist attack, was buried at sea on the same day he died in accordance to Islamic burial rules, the US government has said.

In an interview with Esquire magazine in September, "The Shooter" described what happened during the two-minute raid.

"The Shooter", who said Bin Laden and his wife were sitting in the dark and could hear but not see, then shot him.

“He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath," he told Esquire.

 “I remember as I watched him breathe out the last part of air, I thought: Is this the best thing I've ever done, or the worst thing I've ever done? This is real and that's him."

Bin Laden, a former CIA agent from a billionaire family, fought against the Soviet Union between 1979 and 1989 with the US-funded mujahideen in Afghanistan.

 He set up al-Qaeda soon after and is believed to have been the instigator of attacks across the world, which he claimed was in retaliation over the treatment of Muslims worldwide, including two planes flying into the Twin Towers in New York killing 2,973 people.



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