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US Attorney General: Bin Laden 'not assassinated'‎

12 May 2011 Last updated at 13:51 BST

US Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the raid on Osama Bin Laden's hideout, in which the al-Qaeda leader was killed, was not an assassination.

Mr Holder told the BBC's Security Correspondent Gordon Corera the operation was a kill or capture mission.

He said that Bin Laden's surrender would have been accepted if offered.