US President Barack Obama has confirmed that Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man, is dead.
Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan in a two-storey house very near a Pakistani army base in Abbottabad, about 50 miles from the capital Islamabad.
President Obama confirmed a small team of Americans carried out the operation which involved an exchange of firefighting and ended with the death of bin Laden, whose body was taken custody by the Americans. The president confirmed, “No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian causalities.”
In reaction to the news, Prime Minister David Cameron expressed responded, “It is a great success that he has been found and will no longer be able to pursue his campaign of global terror. 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.”
Mr Cameron congratulated the American president and those who carried out the operation, and also took a moment to remember all the victims of 9-11.
The White House and Ground Zero were inundated with revellers who flocked to both sites to celebrate the news.
Relatives of atrocities masterminded by bin Laden also welcomed the news. The father of Nigel Thompson whose son lost his life at the age of 33 working for Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Centre commented: “I’m pleased, definitely. It doesn’t bring our son back – we’ve lost him. People talk of closure. There’s no such thing as closure because we have it every day. It’s one of those difficult things. It would bring justice, definitely, but certainly no closure. It’s an every day trial for us.”
Many do worry about a potential counter-attack from bin Laden’s supporters, something the American administration is working tirelessly to predict and avoid.
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