A former member of the elite US Navy SEAL has revealed himself as the man who fired the shot that took the life of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan three years ago.
Speaking before an audience who are mostly families of the 9/11 victims, Robert O’Neill described the final moments just before death was served on the notorious Al Qaeda leader in an operation last May 2, 2011 called the Neptune Star.
“He died afraid. He knew we were there to kill him,” O’Neill told his audience.
The former commando also boasted of firing three shots to bin Laden’s skull, one more than he was trained to do, “just to make sure” the target is dead.
O’Neill, now a motivational speaker after retiring from SEAL, prided himself as the man who killed Osama bin Laden although he told CNN in a televised interview he had never mentioned publicly anything pertaining to the operation before in any of his previous speeches.
However, he said, he will break the silence under certain circumstances despite mounting criticisms from Navy brass and other SEAL team members for breaking the code of secrecy.
In his interaction with relatives of the 9/11 victims, he told the crowd: “But any time anyone says, ‘You know my brother died at Cantor Fitzgerald’, one thing I tell them is, ‘All right, Osama bin Laden died like a p***y. That’s all I’m telling you”.
O’Neill’s claim is met with mixed reaction, not just for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden but also for going public about it which goes against the Navy SEAL’s ethos – “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.”
Others were also trying to discredit O’Neill as the lone gunman who fired the fatal shot into bin Laden’s forehead. (Click here to read more)