World’s number one terrorist leader and Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in a special operation carried out past Sunday midnight by a team of US Navy Seals inside Osama’s compound near Islamabad, Pakistan.
In a dramatic live televised address from the White House Sunday, US President Barack Obama confirmed that US forces had killed Osama in a swift military operations that lasted less than an hour which resulted to the extremist leader’s downfall.
“Tonight, 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’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” Obama said in his White House address.
Obama monitored the entire operation inside the Situation Room along with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other top security and military advisers.
He said he had directed the covert, helicopter-borne US elite forces to launch the assault against a heavily fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Sunday in response to a lead that was first obtained in August last year.
“A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability,” Obama said, adding that, “After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
“Justice has been done,” the President stressed.
News about Obama’s death spread like wildfire over the internet and social media network sites and generated various reactions from around the world.
After Obama’s address, hundreds of Americans have gathered outside the White House to celebrate the terrorist leader’s death who was responsible for several deadly terroristic activities though his Al-Qaeda organization.
Osama was also responsible for the September 11 attack at the World Trade Center which killed some 3,000 people.
“Osama bin Laden is dead and the New York spirit has never been stronger,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a celebration at Ground Zero on Monday.