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US official: Bin Laden skull blown apart

By Eileen Sullivan

Associated Press

Published: Monday, May 2 2011 5:25 p.m. MDT

Robert and Karen Henrichs of New Hyde Park, N.Y, visit Ground Zero to show solidarity with September 11th victims on what he calls a happy day, Monday, May 2, 2011, in New York.

John Minchillo, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden was shot above his left eye, blowing away part of his skull.

The precision kill shot was delivered by a member of Navy's elite SEAL Team Six during a pre-dawn raid Monday on bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan.

Photos of bin Laden's injuries were transmitted to Washington as proof that the mission was a success. The administration wasn't releasing the photos Monday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

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