This man claims he killed Osama Bin Laden

Rob O'Neill has apparently been identified as the US Navy Seal who claims he shot and killed Osama Bin Laden.

The 38-year-old, now a public speaker after 16 years in the military, is due to give an interview with Fox News later this month in which he is set to waive his anonymity and claim he was the shooter.

Al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden was killed by Seal Team Six in the early hours of May 2, 2011, at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

He was shot three times before his body was removed and buried at sea.

O'Neill is first thought to have been identified as the former Navy Seal going public by a special forces blog, while the Daily Mail claims to have spoken to his father.

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.

  • Rob O'Neill's father, Tom

Last year Esquire magazine carried an interview with a man only identified as "the shooter", thought to be O'Neill, but this account was disputed by other members of Seal Team Six.

O'Neill told Esquire he shot Bin Laden twice in the head while he had a gun "within reach" but that conflicted with the account published in No Easy Day by a member of the team under a pseudonym, while CNN later quoted an anonymous Seal Team Six operator as saying "the shooter's" account was "complete BS".

As the broadcast date of the Fox News interviewed neared, the senior officer in the Navy Seals, Rear Admiral Brian L Losey, wrote a letter to all Seals reminding them that the ethos of the force was “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions".

O'Neill is thought to have gone public partly due to claims he was denied healthcare benefits as a result of serving 16 out of 20 years, but this has also been disputed.

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