PICTURE: Crashed helicopter in Bin Laden raid revealed

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News reports show the remains of what appears to be a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in the US military raid that killed Osama bin Laden early on 2 May.

The remains of the helicopter, which include an intact horizontal stabiliser, are shown leaning upside-down against a brick wall with barbed-wire fence.

News reports have quoted US officials saying one of the helicopters involved in the US operation crashed in or near the compound where bin Laden was hiding.

 
 

The reports attributed the crash to a mechanical malfunction, although US officials have reportedly said no US troops were injured or killed in the raid.

President Barack Obama announced late on 1 May in Washington DC that bin Laden had been killed inside the compound in Abbottabad.

 
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US forces buried bin Laden's body at sea within 24h of the raid, US officials say.