WASHINGTON, D.C. –- President Obama says Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks has been killed at a compound in Pakistan.
The 54-year-old Al-Qaida leader was killed in Abbottabad during a U.S. lead ground operation in Pakistan Sunday.
President Obama made the announcement during a live nationwide television address at the White House Sunday night.
A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House chanting U.S.A. as the word spread of Bin Laden’s death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.
A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden’s remains, the president said Sunday in a late-night statement from the White House.
The news comes just months before the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, orchestrated by bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization that killed more than 3,000 people.
U.S. forces had been hunting the Saudi terrorist kingpin ever since.
Al-Qaida organization was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. 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.
President Obama said bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, but a “mass murderer of Muslims.” The president said bin Laden was captured with the help of Pakistani intelligence.
The President’s resolve to capture Bin Laden dead or alive remained one of his highest priorities since taking office in 2009.
During his presidential address Obama said, “Justice has been served.”
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