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Report says DNA tests by US military lab confirmed bin Laden’s identity

This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. AP Photo/File

WASHINGTON – Secret budget documents show that a U.S. military laboratory in Afghanistan analyzed DNA from Osama bin Laden’s corpse and confirmed his identify shortly after he was killed by a Navy commando team.

The Pentagon denied more than a year ago it had any records of these tests in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Associated Press a day after President Barack Obama announced bin Laden’s death.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that classified intelligence budget files provided by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden state that a forensic intelligence laboratory run by the Defence Intelligence Agency performed the DNA testing.

The Post reports that the tests “provided a conclusive match.”

Bin Laden was killed at his Pakistan hideout in May 2011.

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