Since 9/11, U.S. intelligence teams have been working with allies to capture or kill bin Laden, who had escaped from Afghanistan to Pakistan, President Obama said. "Last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action," the president said in a late-night address at the White House.
After a firefight, the U.S. team killed bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and took custody of his body, he said, adding that no Americans were harmed in the operation.
After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.