Fidel Castro: US 'Assassination' of Osama Bin Laden 'Abhorrent'

World | May 5, 2011, Thursday // 18:36|  views

Cuban leader Fidel Castro attends the closing session fof 6th Congress of Comunist Party of Cuba in Havana, Cuba, 19 April 2011. EPA/BGNES

Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has slammed the USA over the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, called it an "abhorrent assassination."

In an opinion article published Thursday in Cuban media, Castro criticized the United States for the way its forces killed world's No. 1 terrorist in Pakistan on Sunday, saying it executed him in front of his family.

While he declares he abhors all forms of terrorism, and that he expressed solidarity with the United States despite decades of political differences following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the former Cuban dictator who stepped down in favor of his brother Raul Castro, says the decision to kill bin Laden and bury him at sea "has turned him into a much more dangerous man."

"Whatever actions may have been attributed to bin Laden, the assassination of an unarmed human being surrounded by his family constitutes an abhorrent act," he said, writing in the Cuban press.

"Assassinating him and sending him to the depths of the sea shows fear and insecurity, (and) turns him into a much more dangerous figure," he said of Bin Laden.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has told reporters bin Laden and his family lived on the second and third floors of his compound, and they were cleared last, with bin Laden killed toward the end of the siege. Bin Laden was not armed but did put up resistance when U.S. forces entered the compound, he said, as cited by CNN.

One of bin Laden's daughters has told Pakistani interrogators that she saw her father shot, a senior Pakistani intelligence source said Wednesday. The daughter, believed to be 12 or 13 years old, was among those left behind at the compound after Monday's U.S. raid, the source said.

In the article, Castro also said Pakistan's laws had been violated and its "national dignity offended."

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