According to sources that were involved in the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, the terrorist leader acted "scared" and was "completely confused" in the final moments of his life. Right before being shot, bin Laden shoved his wife at the NAVY Seal that ultimately killed him.
A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tried to further straighten out aspects of the White House's story and what really happened. Referring to Seals being shot at by a man when they entered, he stated:
"He was the one guy shot who had a gun in his hand and was firing when he was shot -- other weapons were at the scene. When the SEALs reached the third floor, after resistance and physical barricades, Osama bin Laden did not immediately surrender. When someone like OBL who has said he wants to kill as many Americans as possible, doesn't 150 percent surrender, you have to assess as a threat."The official also emphasized that "at least a half-dozen weapons" were found at the bin Laden complex and that the first person the Seals encountered "immediately opened fire."
|Bin Laden: Acted "Scared," and "Confused"|
The information helps clarify the conflicting details about what exactly happened toward the end of the 40-minute raid on bin Laden's northern Pakistan compound. Sources who were part of the mission said bin Laden acted in a "cowardly manner" when confronted. Fox News has also learned that while bin Laden was unarmed, he was standing near the door within reach of two weapons -- an AK-47 and a Makarov handgun that are now in U.S. custody. The handgun is a 9mm semi-automatic Russian pistol, standard issue in the Russian military until 1991.Whatever happened, bin Laden went down.
A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that only one of the five people killed in the raid was carrying a weapon and firing. The detail seemed at first to diverge from White House accounts claiming the Navy SEALs encountered resistance throughout the raid and were engaged in a firefight during much of the 40-minute operation. However, the scene was described as chaotic, with U.S. forces encountering barricades and women in the compound screaming and attacking the men.