U.S. military officials say Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in the north Arabian Sea following traditional Islamic burial rites.
At a briefing at the Pentagon, a senior official said the body was washed and then placed in a white sheet in a ceremony aboard the USS Carl Vinson.
A military officer read “read prepared religious remarks which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker.” The body was placed in a weighted bag before it was “eased into the sea.”
Muslim clerics and scholars appeared divided Monday on the issue of burial at sea. Some declared the burial un-Islamic while others said it is permissible under some circumstances.
A U.S. official said Osama bin Laden was buried at sea because no land location was available. He did not elaborate. voa