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Obama won't release bin Laden death photos: US media

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WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama has decided not to release the photos showing the body of Osama Bin Laden after he was killed by US commandos, US television networks said Wednesday.

In an interview with CBS, Obama said "he won't release post-mortem images of Osama Bin Laden taken to prove his death," the network said in a statement.

The CBS interview for its "60 Minutes" program is due to air on Sunday and comes after US commandos on Sunday stormed bin Laden's hideout in a Pakistani compound and shot him dead.

US officials who have seen the pictures taken of bin Laden's body have described them as gruesome.

There are fears that if the photos are released they could provoke anger and trigger a backlash against US personnel in the Muslim world.

© AFP -- Published at Activist Post with license 

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