President Barack Obama announced on national television on Sunday night that Osama bin Laden, the world’s most sought-after terrorist, had been killed by US operatives in Pakistan. The president, in an address to the nation, said that the Al-Qaida mastermind was killed in a “targeted operation” in Abbottabad, a highland town north of Islamabad.
Bin Laden has been the subject of an almost 10-year manhunt operations since the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed almost 3,000 individuals.
The president commends the American troop who carried out the operation to kill Osama bin Laden and tells the families of the victims of September 11, 2001 that they have never been forgotten. He also calls on Americans to remember the unity of that tragic day.
As the news of Bin Laden’s death spread, an ecstatic crowd congregated outside the gates of the White House in Washington DC and in Times Square and Ground Zero in New York. The crowd celebrated the momentous event by singing the national anthem and cheering. During the 2008 election campaign, then presidential candidate Obama repeatedly promised that: “We will kill Osama bin Laden.” Many say that Bin Laden’s death will boost the president’s popularity rating and ensures his re-election in 2012.