'World safer' without Osama bin Laden
Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday the world was a safer place without Osama bin Laden and his death brought justice to families of those killed in attacks he masterminded.
"Osama bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, including New Zealanders, in several different parts of the world," Key told reporters.
"While his removal will not necessarily bring an immediate end to terrorist activity, I have absolutely no doubt that the world is a safer place without Osama bin Laden."
Key said that families who lost loved ones in al-Qaeda attacks co-ordinated by bin Laden, including the September 11 2001 attacks in the US, would welcome US President Barack Obama's announcement of his death.
"All those families that lost loved ones as a result of the terrorist actions masterminded by bin Laden, they may now feel that, in some sense, justice has been achieved," he said.
Bin Laden was killed on Sunday in a fire fight with covert US forces in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, northeast of the capital Islamabad.