The news that the world’s most wanted fugitive, Osama bin Laden, had been killed in a US-led operation went global straight after President Obama’s announcement.
The question most TV networks were asking, and will no doubt continue to ask for sometime: how significant is his death and what will it now mean for al-Qaeda?
An open wound in the US for so long, news of bin Laden’s demise was greeted with celebration in New York City, where he left his most lasting mark almost ten years ago.
There were few tears for the man seen as the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. ‘Got him’ and ‘Rot in Hell’ were just some of the leaders among the New York press.
Ironically, the first person to disclose the death of the al-Qaeda leader without knowing it was a Pakistani blogger called Sohaib Athar.
Living some 250 metres from Bin Laden’s alleged compound in Abbottabad he made several tweets on the social network site Twitter, complaining about helicopters circling overhead, only to realise much latter that it was in fact the actual raid being carried out by US forces.