A DNA match confirms Osama bin Laden was killed in the operation, a senior administration official told CNN Monday.
There are also photographs of the body with a gunshot wound to the side of the head that shows an individual who is not unrecognizable as bin Laden, a U.S. government official said.
No decision has yet been made on whether to release the photographs and if so, when and how.
The mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — the worst terrorist attacks on American soil — was killed by U.S. forces Monday in a mansion in Abbottabad, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, U.S. officials said.
Four others in the compound also were killed. One of them was bin Laden’s adult son, and another was a woman being used as a shield by a male combatant, the officials said.