New Details of bin Laden Raid Emerge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some new details about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden are emerging.

The White House says Osama bin Laden was not armed when a Navy SEAL raiding party confronted him during an assault on his compound in Pakistan.

White House press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that bin Laden did not have a weapon even though administration officials have said that bin Laden resisted during the raid.

Carney said resistance does not require a firearm.

Bin Laden was shot in the head and in the chest during the encounter. Carney said that a woman in the room with bin Laden confronted the U.S. forces and was shot but not killed.

One of the helicopters carrying the Americans into the compound had to make a hard landing because of unexpectedly high temperatures.

Some of the details come from the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn). She says she had known about the suspected bin Laden compound since last December -- dispelling the widespread belief that official Washington can't keep a blockbuster secret.

There's also word that the Navy SEALS that swept through the compound handcuffed the people they encountered with plastic zip ties, as they pressed on in pursuit of their contact -- code-named Geronimo.

Once bin Laden had been shot, they doubled back to move the prisoners away from the compound, before blowing up the downed helicopter.

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