A threat against Fox News contributor, Rob O’Neill, the former U.S. Navy SEAL known to have fired the fatal shot that killed former al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, was issued by a supporter of the Islamic State group. O’Neill’s home address in Montana was also posted online.
According to The Mirror, the Islamic State supporter posted personal details of O’Neill on social media, saying that he is “a number one target.” The jihadist further wrote, “I leave this info of Robert O’Neill for my brothers in America and Al Qaeda in the US, as a number one target to eventually hunt down and kill. This is what he gets for…traveling around America putting on seminars boasting about killing Sheikh Osama.”
The purported address of O’Neill was shared on a text sharing site, Pastebin. Its link was shared in a Twitter message posted on the account of Sally Jones, widow of Junaid Hussain, a former Islamic State hacker. This message referred to the address as “a number one target” and also had the hashtag #RunRobertRun. According to Yahoo News, Jones, a British convert to Islam, had moved to Syria. She was married to Hussain, who is believed to have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in August.
Undersheriff George Skuletich of the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department said that O’Neill’s agency knew about the posting and that federal authorities had been contacted regarding the same. Skuletich also added that O’Neill no longer lives in the Butte area. O’Neill revealed last year that he shot the bullet that hit bin Laden on the forehead during the raid in 2011.
The killing of bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 9, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, was a major national security victory for President Barack Obama and the U.S. military.
Following the successful raid, O’Neill had been forced to separate from his wife. His wife had said in 2013, “We’re actually looking into changing my name. Changing the kids’ names, taking my husband’s name off the house, paying off our cars. Essentially deleting him from our lives, but for safety reasons.”
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