A joint special operations force working with the CIA engaged and killed Bin Laden at a mansion in Abbottabad in Pakistan. This force included two helicopter crews, one of which was shot down according to a Pakistani official.
DNA testing is said to have been done, to confirm that Osama Bin Laden was killed.
From inconsistencies among the news stories thus far, we may never know:
If Pakistan’s government was aware of the mission and Pakistani forces assisted as was claimed early on.
When Bin Laden was killed.
The particulars of the manner in which he was identified… DNA testing was said to have been done before it could have been completed if the story that he was killed on May 1 were true. A newer says the DNA results will not be available for days.
Some news stories in early am of May 2 claim that Bin Laden was already buried at sea , and in accordance with Muslim tradition. These two things do not exactly jibe since Bin Laden did not die at sea.
The mission is said to have been ordered by Obama on 4/29 and carried out by Navy seals under the direction of CIA director Leon Panetta.