Osama bin Laden dead: US jubilant
Washington - Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the September 11 2001 terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said on Sunday.
A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.
A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.
"Justice has been done," the president said.
The development comes just months before the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre towers in New York and Pentagon in Washington, orchestrated by bin Laden’s al-Qaeda, which killed more than 3 000 people.
The attacks set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.
Al-Qaeda organisation was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.