The identity of a US Navy Seal who shot and killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 has been revealed as Rob O’Neill.

Mr O’Neill, 38, is a highly decorated veteran who became a public speaker following his 16 years of service in the US military.

He has been named by the special operations community blog ahead of an interview with Fox News, in which he decides to waive his anonymity and claims to be the man who killed Bin Laden, due to air on 11 and 12 November.

Mr O’Neill’s father, Tom O’Neill, confirmed his son’s identity to the Daily Mail, and told the paper that he is not worried about the potential threat posed by Rob revealing his identity as the member of Team Six who shot the al-Qaeda founder three times in the head.

“People are asking if we are worried that Isis will come and get us because Rob is going public. I say I’ll paint a big target on my front door and say come and get us,” he told the paper.

Mr O’Neill had previously been referred to as “The Shooter” since the two minute raid of Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on 2 May 2011, and his apparent identity has been kept secret by US officials to protect his safety… see more

source: independent UK