The Navy Seal responsible for killing the world’s most wanted terrorist – Osama bin Laden – has been identified, breaking the crack team’s code of silence.
It was the Special Forces unit’s most famous operation, carried out by a team whose names had until now remained top secret.
However, the man who shot bin Laden dead has been now been named as Rob O’Neill, a 38-year-old decorated serviceman who recently left the unit after 16 years.
He was expected to be unmasked in an interview with Fox News later this month, but on Wednesday his father Tom confirmed his name to the MailOnline.
He said his son shot the al-Qaeda chief three times in the forehead at close range in the secret raid on his house in Pakistan in 2011.
He was one of 23 SEALS who flew into the city of Abbottabad the night of May 2, but the last to see bin Laden alive.
It had previously been unclear precisely how the terrorist leader was killed and how many servicemen had been involved in his death.
Mr O’Neill, who is married with children, was last year interviewed by Esquire magazine, which did not publish his name. He told how he joined the army at the age of 19 as a reaction to his then-girlfriend leaving him.
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