FoxNews | Usama bin Laden was within reach of two weapons when U.S. forces found him in the main building of his compound in northern Pakistan, Fox News has learned.
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.
Though bin Laden was unarmed, Fox News was told earlier in the week that he appeared to be reaching for a weapon before he was fatally shot. The senior U.S. official confirmed Thursday that bin Laden was near the door along with the two weapons — an AK-47 and a Makarov hand gun that are now in U.S. custody.