Senior Pakistani security officials said Osama bin Ladenís daughter had confirmed her father was captured alive and shot dead by the US Special Forces during the first few minutes of the operation carried out at the huge compound in Bilal Town, Abbottabad.
Besides recovering four bullet-riddled bodies from the compound, Pakistani security agencies also arrested two women and six children, aged between 2 and 12 years, after American forces flew toward Afghanistan. Some reports suggest 16 people, including women and children, were arrested from the house, most of them Arab nationals.
A Pakistani security source told Al Arabiya that Bin Laden family members had been transported to Rawalpindi, which is near Islamabad. He added, ďThey are now under treatment in the military hospital of Rawalpindi, where they have been transported in an helicopter.Ē A source told Al Arabiya that Bin Ladenís had been injured either in her leg or her shoulder.
He added that the members of the household were children and Bin Ladenís wife, in addition to a Yemeni woman. He added that the woman might be the personal doctor of the family. Bin Laden was known to be afflicted with renal failure.
Sources speculated that US Forces could not arrest these family members because there werenít enough places for them in the helicopter, after they lost another chopper during the operation.
About the slain woman: officials said she could either be Bin Ladenís wife or a close family member since she offered to sacrifice her life for him. ďAs per our information, she shielded Bin Laden during the operation and was killed by American commandos,Ē an official said.