From abc NEWS:
The first indication for President Obama that Osama bin Laden had been killed came when a Navy SEAL sent back the coded message to Washington that said simply, “Geronimo-E KIA.”
Geronimo was the code name for the operation that sent two teams of 12 SEALS zooming by Blackhawk helicopters to a walled compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, on Sunday to kill or capture the most wanted man in the world.
After a 40-minute search of the compound, punctuated by firefights, bin Laden was dead, and the cryptic “Geronimo-E KIA” code sent relief through the White House. E stood for enemy and KIA for killed in action.
Bin Laden was shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest, a senior administration official told ABC News.
The SEALS words, however, were not sufficient proof that the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks was finally dead. As the evidence piled up — verbal ID, face recognition analysis and DNA matches — the White House debate continued. Obama ended the discussion with a terse, “We got him.”
Counterterrorism chief John Brennan told reporters that while bin Laden had vowed to go down fighting, in his last moments alive the master terrorist hid behind a woman.
“We may not always know their names, we may not always know their stories, but they are always there on the front lines of freedom and we are truly blessed,” Obama said in a White House ceremony to honor Medal of Honor winners.
He gave special recognition in his speech to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, calling him “one of the finest secretaries of defense in our history.”
Bin Laden‘s DNA was matched with at least two of his relatives, including one of his sisters who died in Boston and whose brain was kept by the United States. The result came back as a 99.9 percent match.
Bin Laden’s body was then flown to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, officials told ABC News and he was buried at sea. The burial was done in accordance with Islamic law, officials said, although there has since been despute over that. A Muslim seaman conducted the process and said the prayers, with bin Laden’s body wrapped in the “appropriate way” with a white sheet.
Obama administration officials said it was important to handle the body in accordance with Islamic practices so not to inflame the Muslim world.
Celebrations erupted over night in the United States after the president’s televised announcement that “justice has been done.”
If there is really such a thing as a soul and Heaven and Hell, may bin Laden’s be burning in Hell right now, and may his soul never know a moments peace.