Osama Bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader widely thought to be the mastermind behind 9/11 is dead.
President Barack Obama broke into Sunday night television schedules to confirm the death of America’s most wanted man.
“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, a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children.”
It is nearly ten years since around 3,000 people died in America’s worst ever mainland terrorist attack.
Bin Laden is widely believed to be the orchestrator of the scenes of death and destruction in New York and Washington.The US response was to declare ‘war on terror’.
US military personnel are said to have led a special operation near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.
Bin Laden’s body was taken into custody and DNA tests conducted to confirm its identity.