At Ground Zero in New York people quickly gathered in impromptu celebration as the news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke.
Thousands poured onto the streets in Times Square as well, and the national anthem was sung outside the White House in Washington.
“Ground zero, right here, that’s where it happened and we are back… This is justice… here…”
“Burn in hell Osama bin Laden! There is justice in the world… there is justice in the world!” were just two exuberant declarations from New Yorkers.
The news however brought just cold comfort for the families of the victims of 9-11, who nearly 10 years on still find the tragedy hard to live with.
“Knowing he’s dead is a good feeling because we now know that he won’t hurt anybody again. He will never orchestrate or perpetrate any acts of terrorism again, so that’s comforting,” said the brother of one of those killed in the World Trade Centre.
The White House crowd was thought to be the biggest seen there since President Obama’s election in November 2008.