Baghdadi buried near sea by US Military: Report
New Delhi : A day after Donald Trump announced the death of Isalmic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a report claimed that his remains have been buried at sea and afforded him religious rites according to Islamic custom by the US military.
According to the US government, the Baghdadi died by detonating a suicide vest after fleeing into a dead-end tunnel as elite U.S. special forces closed in.
U.S. Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon news briefing on Monday that the U.S. military disposed of Baghdadi’s remains “appropriately, in accordance with our (standard operating procedures) and in accordance with the law of armed conflict.”
Under the circumstances Baghdadi died, it was not possible to do everything in accordance as it was done during the killing of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid into Pakistan.
Bin Laden was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, according to the U.S. government.
In the case of bin Laden, his body was transported to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. It was washed before being covered in a white sheet, and religious remarks translated into Arabic were read over bin Laden’s corpse.
Bin Laden’s burial at sea triggered mixed reactions, with a prominent imam saying the United States violated Islamic custom by not burying bin Laden on land, a move seen as a U.S. attempt to prevent his resting place from becoming a shrine for extremist followers.