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Celebration at Ground Zero

2011-05-02 08:36

New York - Thousands flocked to Ground Zero to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the devastating September 11 attacks on New York nearly 10 years ago.

New York's police chief Raymond Kelly called the death of bin Laden a "welcome milestone" for the families of the 3 000 victims of the 2001 strikes by al Qaeda. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he hoped bin Laden's death would bring "closure and comfort" to the September 11 families.

Streets around the site of the World Trade Centre towers which were toppled by bin Laden followers who hijacked three jets on that fateful day quickly filled with thousands of people waving flags and singing the national anthem.

Some climbed up lampposts trying to get a view over the barrier surrounding the massive construction site where the towers once stood - the site now known around the world as Ground Zero.

New York fire fighters who paid a huge human price in the 9/11 attacks joined more crowds who gathered in Times Square.

'Victory'


Just minutes after midnight, New York Fire Department Ladder number 4 rolled into the square, the fire fighters sat on the ladders on the truck watching the growing crowds pour into the square.

"Ten years and finally we got him," said Captain Patrice McLead, from Ladder 4. "After all the loses and such a tragedy, we can finally be happy again. I hope this will bring a sense of closure, for all of us, including Muslims."

Two of the hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Centres on the morning of September 11 2001. More than 2 600 were killed in New York out of the approximately 3 000 killed in all.

"The killing of Osama bin Laden does not lessen the suffering that New Yorkers and Americans experienced at his hands," said New York mayor Bloomberg.

"But it is a critically important victory for our nation - and a tribute to the millions of men and women in our armed forces and elsewhere who have fought so hard for our nation.

"New Yorkers have waited nearly ten years for this news. It is my hope that it will bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones on September 11 2001."

City police chief Raymond Kelly said the killing of bin Laden was "a welcome milestone for the friends and families of those killed on 9/11, and for all who remain tenaciously engaged in protecting New York from another attack."

Kelly said there was no evidence of a heightened threat of a new attack but he called on all police to remain on alert

Comments
  • Snotty - 2011-05-02 08:45

    what an eventful week end Royal wedding JOY............Osama killed .....JOY ...........LETS DRINK TO THIS .CHEERS!!!!!!!!!!!

      Snotty - 2011-05-02 09:15

      latest update .........the body has been buried at SEA ........Dear Lord pity the sharks and fish .I quit eating seafood from today!!!

      Snotty - 2011-05-02 09:53

      May 1st ........now declared a public holiday in USA in the future!!

  • Beam me up - 2011-05-02 08:49

    The World can sleep a lot safer tonight.

  • 300katoom - 2011-05-02 08:54

    I still do not believe he was behind 9/11 no one will ever know who was behind it

      Irené - 2011-05-02 09:06

      I agree, he was surely a bad guy, but he needed some US aides to pull off the 911 attacks,so much must still be uncovered Now everyone will forget about thethousands of civilians of iraq and afghanistan that died in air raids etc in foiled plots to kill bin laaden. I dont see this is specially significant.

      wbs777 - 2011-05-02 09:15

      and I still do not believe you have a brain you dimwit. he claimed it then as well as on many other occasions. you probably also don't believe malema sang kill the boer.....

      WDVenter - 2011-05-02 09:26

      @wbsht777 ..yes, everything you see on TV is true..

      Blondemoment - 2011-05-02 10:52

      AGREED! 9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB, and nothing will change that...

  • Kevin - 2011-05-02 08:59

    The sad thing is Bin Laden's death will change nothing it will not take away the great unease that the Muslim world feels about US exploitation of their oil reserves and their support for brutal dictatorships in the Midle East.

      wbs777 - 2011-05-02 09:15

      another idiot from lala land.......

      Arcturus - 2011-05-02 09:40

      wbs777 - if you haven't got anything decent to say.... keep quiet! You seem to be quite twitter and bisted.

  • Gores_A_Liar - 2011-05-02 09:31

    Now the US must get rid of the Muslim Terrorist they voted into the White House in 2008.

  • Elmarie - 2011-05-02 09:41

    Finally, I think the families of the deceased people of Sept 11 finally found rest.

      WDVenter - 2011-05-02 09:52

      No Elmarie, the majority of family members want a new INDEPENDENT investigation into what really happened that day. But you will not hear about that on CNN.

      Blondemoment - 2011-05-02 10:51

      9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB, ELMARIE! GET ON THE PAGE....

      buka001 - 2011-05-02 16:40

      911 was an inside job? Great prove it! Provide one piece of proof! Good luck - no one since 2001 has been able to provide any proof what so ever that 911 was an inside job. The proof that it wasn't - DNA evidence, radar evidence, physical evidence, eyewitness reports, structural engineering reports and numerous other sources. Good luck. P.S. when you have that please give it to me so I can go to the WTC insurance company and collect 5% of the insurance sum that was paid out when the buildings were destroyed for reporting on a fraudelent insurance claim. Thanks

  • Muhammud - 2011-05-02 09:50

    i agree with WDVenter...why not take him alive? they only killed 5 ppl in a house near a main city in pakistan.How hard would it be to capture 5 people including women and children?. The americans invaded Afghanistan to get Bin Laden and he just moved next door? Before they invaded the whole country did they not think he might leave the country especially considering the fact that there are no borders (e.g Border fencing )along the borders.

  • Luckybugger - 2011-05-02 10:06

    What can i say it's Bin a long time coming

  • chicklil - 2011-05-02 12:28

    Di according to a europol report last year, all terrorists are muslim, except for 99.6% of terrorists who are NOT muslim.

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