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Should the US release photos of the dead Osama bin Laden?

President Barack Obama has said publishing photos of the dead Osama bin Laden threatens US national security.

“I think that, given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk,” Mr Obama said.

The al-Qaeda leader was killed by US special forces in northern Pakistan on Monday. His body was buried at sea.

On Thursday, Mr Obama is to visit the site of the 11 September 2011 attacks on New York, one of many bin Laden claimed to have masterminded.

Mr Obama said: “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. That’s not who we are.”

The US administration has been monitoring world reaction - amid conspiracy theories about the al-Qaeda leader following conflicting accounts given by US officials.

“There are going to be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you won’t see bin Laden walking on this Earth again,” Mr Obama said.