President Barack Obama announced to the country last night that Osama Bin Laden was killed, and American citizens are not hiding their gladness over the news.
Osama Bin Laden is dead, President Obama announced Sunday night, in a televised address to the nation. His death was the result of a U.S. operation launched yesterday in Abbottabad, Pakistan, against a compound where bin Laden was believed to be hiding, according to U.S. intelligence. After a firefight, a small team of American forces killed bin Laden and took possession of his body, the president said. Bin Laden himself reportedly fired a gun and participated in the battle, which saw at least three other men killed. Officials say they will handle the body in the Muslim tradition with the utmost care. People gathered outside the White House soon after the news broke and began chanting “USA! USA!” and singing the national anthem. The news of the 54-year-old bin Laden’s death comes nearly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. It presumably leaves Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s No. 2, in charge.
If you missed the momentous news last night, you can watch President Obama’s official announcement here: