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US warns of ''grave damage'' to national security if Bin Laden photos released

US warns of ''grave damage'' to national security if Bin Laden photos releasedIslamabad, Jan. 11 : US President Barack Obama''s administration has defended its decision not to release photos of Osama bin Laden''s dead body, warning that doing so would risk "grave damage" to national security.

The Al-Qaeda chief was killed during an US raid on his Pakistani compound in May 2011.

Media outlets around the world sought access to the 52 photos taken during the operation, but the Obama administration has resisted, warning that the images could excite an angry, even violent reaction against Americans, reports The Dawn.

In April last year, a court threw out the media''s suit, accepting the position of the CIA that their publication could harm national security.

A conservative watchdog, Judicial Watch, appealed the decision, leading to Thursday''s hearing, at which the Department of Justice warned of possible "grave damage to the national security" if the pictures were published.

It was not immediately known when the federal appeals court will issue its ruling. (ANI)