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Osama Bin Laden no more – Mood of euphoria and relief in US

May 3, 2011 5:39:10 AM - itnnews.lk

Al Qaeda Leader Osama Bin Laden, the most ruthless and inhuman mastermind is killed. He has been killed by special US forces in Pakistan.

Bin Laden was killed in a ground operation outside Islamabad based on US intelligence, the first lead for which emerged last August. US President Barack Obama said after “a firefight”, US forces took possession of his body. Bin Laden was accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. He was top of the US’ “most wanted” list. Mr Obama said it was “the most significant achievement to date in the effort to defeat al-Qaeda”. The US has put its embassies around the world on alert, warning Americans of the possibility of al-Qaeda reprisal attacks for Bin Laden’s killing.

Crowds gathered outside the White House in Washington DC, chanting “USA, USA” after the news emerged. A US official quoted by Associated Press news agency said Bin Laden’s body had been buried at sea, although this has not been confirmed. Bin Laden had approved the 9/11 attacks in which nearly 3,000 people died. He evaded the forces of the US and its allies for almost a decade, despite a $25m bounty on his head. In the wake of bin Laden’s death, authorities around the world are being urged to take security precautions. One source said officials are concerned bin Laden’s death could incite violence or terrorist acts against U.S. personnel overseas.