Osama bin Laden, the driving force behind the Sept. 11 attacks, is dead, ending a decade-long manhunt for the world’s most-wanted terrorist, U.S. President Barack Obama announced Sunday night.
“I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” Obama said during a statement televised live from the East Room of the White House late Sunday evening.
The president said that he had met repeatedly with his national security team since August and that they received information that bin Laden was hiding in a compound in Pakistan. Then last week it was determined that the U.S. had enough to take action, he said.
“Today at my direction,” Obama said, the U.S. launched a targeted attack against that compound in Abbottabad, which is about 150 kilometres north of Islamabad, and that bin Laden was killed in a firefight.
Justice has been done,” the president said.
U.S. officials said four helicopters carrying CIA paramilitaries and a Navy SEAL team attacked bin Laden’s compound; an Abbottabad resident said the raid took place at 1:30 a.m. local time.
U.S. personnel took bin Laden’s remains, which were buried at sea, a U.S. official said. Finding a country willing to accept the body for burial within 24 hours, in keeping with Islamic tradition, would have been difficult, the official said.
Following the attack, Pakistani television broadcast pictures of flames shooting from the roof of bin Laden’s two-storey house in the night sky.
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