|Osama bin Laden|
(Undated) – Hundreds have gathered in New York's Times Square and Ground Zero in celebration of the death of Osama bin Laden.
The impromptu party is one of several that popped up around the nation after the news was announced Sunday night by President Barack Obama.
The president confirmed bin Laden was killed during a special U.S. military mission in Pakistan. He had been hiding out in a large, million dollar compound about 35 miles outside the county’s capitol.
“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children,” the president said in a televised address.
ABC News reports two U.S. helicopters flew in low from Afghanistan and swept into the compound late Sunday night Pakistan time, or Sunday afternoon Washington time. Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged Bin Laden and his men in a firefight, killed Bin Laden and all those with him.
U.S. service members watch on television
President Obama talk about the details of
the death of 9/11 mastermind, Osama Bin
Laden inside the USO at Kandahar Airfield,
Afghanistan, May 2.
U.S. officials said bin Laden has reportedly been given a burial at sea with sensitivity to Muslim practices. DNA test results to undoubtedly confirm the body taken as bin Laden’s should be complete sometime Monday.
Former President George W. Bush is praising the U.S. military for the death of Osama bin Laden. The ex-commander-in-chief says the American military service members who "devoted their lives" to hunting bin Laden "have our everlasting gratitude."
Longtime Indiana Senator Dick Lugar (R) called the death of bin Laden welcome news.
“But it in no way eliminates the threat from the terrorism he espoused,” Lugar said in a statement. “This is another reminder that Americans cannot hide from global affairs. Americans must continue to be vigilant to ensure that terrorist groups and rogue states do not obtain weapons of mass destruction, a goal that I and many other Americans have sought for 20 years.”
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