Pakistan Says Bin Laden Shot in “Cold Blood”
In what may be considered a fresh blow to the already shaky alliance between the United States and Pakistan, a senior security official from the South Asian country said on Thursday that Osama bin Laden was shot in “cold blood” during Monday’s U.S. Navy SEALS-led raid of the al-Qaeda leader’s hideout near Islamabad.
The latest comment from a Pakistani official about the raid came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama decided not to release photos of bin Laden’s body to prevent inciting anger from sympathizers of the slain terrorist leader. Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Kayani also issued a statement condemning the U.S.’s failure to properly coordinate and inform the Pakistani government about the raid. “Any similar action violating the sovereignty of Pakistan will warrant a review on the level of military/intelligence cooperation with the United States,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Obama said in an interview to air Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that releasing the photos of bin Laden would create a national security risk. “We don’t need to spike the football and I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk,” he said.