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AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says the terrorist apparently was shot in the head as he looked out his bedroom door, contradicting previous official accounts describing him as being shot after ducking back into his room and possibly reaching for a weapon.

Former SEAL Matt Bissonnette describes the 2011 raid in Pakistan under the pseudonym Mark Owen in “No Easy Day,” co-written with StarNews local news editor Kevin Maurer, to be published next week. The Associated Press purchased a copy of the book Tuesday.

The account may again raise questions over whether the raid was intended to capture or simply kill bin Laden, though Bissonnette says the SEALs were told to capture him if he surrendered.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor would not comment on the conflicting accounts late Tuesday.

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