Muslim group hails bin Laden death

2011-05-02 09:04
Washington - A leading US Muslim organisation welcomed on Monday the killing of al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, saying he was a threat to America and the world.

"We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of American military personnel," the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) said in a statement.

"As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam," the group continued.

"In fact, in addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and al Qaeda caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide."

US President Barack Obama announced late on Sunday that bin Laden had been killed in a fire fight with covert US forces deep inside Pakistan a decade after the September 11 2001 attacks on the US.

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