12 May 2011

Photos of dead bin Laden to be shown to Congress

8:41 am on 12 May 2011

Photos of the body of Osama bin Laden will be shown to members of some United States congressional committees.

The CIA says members of the Intelligence and Armed Services committees will be allowed to see the photographs at CIA headquarters.

American officials have decided not to release the pictures publicly, for fear they may incite rage among bin Laden's supporters.

The al Qaeda leader was killed by American special forces in Pakistan on 1 May. he was buried at sea.