America’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, has been killed by US forces in the culmination of a ten-year manhunt.
The Al-Qaeda leader is believed to have masterminded many terrorist attacks across the globe, including the 7/7 London bombings and the 9/11 World Trade Centre attacks in New York, where more than 3,000 were killed.
US President Barack Obama described the news as “the most significant achievement to date in our nations efforts to defeat Al-Qaeda” but that it was not the end of the ‘war on terror’.
Obama stressed that the world should remain “vigilant at home and abroad” and that the islamic militant group will no doubt pursue further attacks against the US.
Bin Laden was renowned for secrecy and would only use couriers to send and receive information rather than using the internet or phone lines as these can be traced.
The CIA discovered his whereabouts by tracing these couriers. One of whom unwittingly led them straight to the compound North-East of the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where Osama bin Laden is believed to have been hiding for more than six years.
A team of US Navy SEALS launched an attack on the hideout and, after what was described by President Obama as a short ‘firefight’, killed and recovered the body of one of the world’s most wanted men, Osama bin Laden.
His body was transported to nearby Afghanistan and buried at sea, as under Islamic law the body should be laid to rest as soon as possible.
American citizens took to the streets of New York to celebrate the news and commemorate the victims of the terror-leader’s many attacks.
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said that the death of Bin Laden sends a message to the Taliban: “You cannot wait us out, you cannot defeat us, but you can make the choice to abandon Al-Qaeda and participate in a peaceful political protest.”