Osama Bin Laden’s body ‘identified by sister’s brain’
When his sister, who has not been named, died from brain cancer several years
ago in Boston the FBI immediately subpoenaed her body so that it could later
be used to identify the al-Qaeda leader if he was caught, it was claimed.
The brain was preserved and tissue and blood samples taken from it were used
to compile a DNA profile, ABC News reported.
The tissue sample was reportedly then matched to the DNA of the man shot dead
by US troops in a raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
He was shot in the head and chest by US Navy seals in a firefight in the
compound, which had been monitored by the CIA for months.
US officials confirmed that the body had been identified by a DNA test
conducted in Afghanistan. He was later buried at sea.
A national security official told CNN there were multiple confirmations of bin
Laden’s identity, adding that they used “facial recognition work, amongst
other things, to confirm the identity.”
A government spokesman said the burial had been “handled in accordance with
Islamic practice and tradition”.