Approximately 4.30 GMT, an tiny troop of Americans attacked a compound in Pakistan which they believed housed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda and man responsible for thousands of deaths through terrorism. After a short “firefight”, Bin Laden was killed.
The BBC described Obama’s address as “a statement the White House have wanted to make for ten years.”
His body was tossed away at sea, contrary to Islamic burial rituals. No American was killed in the siege, and civilian casualties were kept to a minimum.
Prime Minister David Cameron: “The news that Osama bin Laden is dead will bring great relief to people across the world. Osama bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocities the world has seen – for 9/11 and for so many attacks, which have cost thousands of lives, many of them British. It is a great success that he has been found and will no longer be able to pursue his campaign of global terror. This is a time to remember all those murdered by Osama bin Laden, and all those who lost loved ones. It is also a time too to thank all those who work round the clock to keep us safe from terrorism. Their work will continue. I congratulate President Obama and those responsible for carrying out this operation.”
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