US President Barack Obama recently announced that Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 11 September 2001 attacks and the world’s most wanted man, has been killed in a US operation in Abbottabad, in north-western Pakistan,
“Justice has been done,” the US president said in a statement that America has been waiting a decade to hear. A US official said Bin Laden had already been buried at sea.
US special forces launched a helicopter-borne assault on a closely guarded compound in Abbottabad, 30 miles north-east of Islamabad, on Sunday night,
Bin Laden was given the option of surrender, but resisted the attackers and was killed along with three other men in a firefight. The operation lasted 40 minutes. The dead included Bin Laden’s most trusted courier, who carried his messages to the outside world, and one of Bin Laden’s sons, according to reports.
US forces “took custody” of Bin Laden’s body, and A US official said Bin Laden had been buried at sea, Senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for burial within 24 hours.
The dramatic news closes one chapter in the global turmoil sparked by the September 11 attacks on America that killed 3,000 people in 2001, and is likely to have a major impact in south Asia, where almost 100,000 soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan and CIA drones have been pounding al-Qaida targets in north-west Pakistan.
However some have warned that The news may spark repercussions by those sympathetic to the Taliban, so many places have been put on high alert, in the wake of the news