Osama went down without a fight,says new book

Osama bin Laden,who all his life boasted that he would go down fighting and would ask his bodyguards to shoot him if ever he came near Americans,offered no resistance when US commandos cornered him in his Abbottabad hideout,claims a new book

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Published: May 4, 2012 1:24 am

Lalit K Jha

Osama bin Laden,who all his life boasted that he would go down fighting and would ask his bodyguards to shoot him if ever he came near Americans,offered no resistance when US commandos cornered him in his Abbottabad hideout,claims a new book.

“For all his bluster… when the moment finally came,bin Laden went out not with a bang but with a whimper,” wrote Peter Bergen,author of the Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden -from 9/11 to Abbottabad that hit bookstores this week.

Director of New America Foundation,a Washington-based think-tank,and national security analyst of the CNN,Bergen,in his new book,provides fresh insight into the last few hours of Osama and the successful US operation that killed him.

“Bin Laden was offering no resistance when he was dispatched with a ‘double tap’ of shots to the chest and his left eye. It was a grisly scene: his brains spattered on the ceiling above him and poured out of his eye socket. The floor near the bed was smeared with bin Laden’s blood,” he said.

Bergen’s book also speaks of how Pakistan army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani was left “shocked” and demanded a public explanation from American President Barack Obama when US told them about Osama Bin Laden’s killing.

Kayani demanded that Obama should go public and explain the entire incident as soon as possible. According to the book,Kayani said,“Our people need to understand what happened here. We’re not going to be able to manage the Pakistani media without you confirming this. You can explain it to them. They need to understand that this was bin Laden and not just some ordinary US operation”.

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