US: Bin Laden’s killing lawful
US Attorney General Eric Holder has said that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was a lawful military target.
He told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Bin Laden had made no attempt to surrender, and his killing was “an act of national self-defence”.
The US has acknowledged that Bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot dead in Monday’s raid by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Critics have raised concerns about the legality of the operation.
“If he had surrendered, attempted to surrender, I think we should obviously have accepted that, but there was no indication that he wanted to do that and therefore his killing was appropriate,” said Mr Holder, reports Reuters news agency.
President Barack Obama, who authorised the operation and watched it unfold from the White House, saw his approval rating jump 11 points to 57% in a New York Times / CBS News poll on Wednesday.
He plans to visit the World Trade Center site in New York tomorrow to remember victims of the 11 September attacks, of which Bin Laden was said to be the mastermind. (BBC)