Osama bin Laden (above) was killed today in Pakistan by U.S. operatives in cooperation with the Pakistani government, according to an announcement by President Barack Obama at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1.
FRAZIER PARK (May 1, 2011, 8:59 p.m.)—President Barack Obama announced this evening, minutes ago, that Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda, has been killed. It was announced that bin Laden was located within a luxurious and well-secured compound in Abbottabad, a city not far from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
President Obama said that American intelligence had hints of bin Laden’s whereabouts in August, and made positive DNA confirmation last week that bin Laden had been found. On Friday, April 29 the president gave an order to capture or kill the Al Qaeda founder. Ten yers ago Bin Laden announced to the world that he had orchestrated the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. That act of terrorism killed over 3,000 Americans.
A small-scale secret military operation was dispatched to Abbottabad. According to tonight’s statement, there was a fire fight in which bin Laden was killed and his body taken into American custody, Obama said in his statement. He added that no American operatives or Pakistani civilians outside of the compound were harmed, although three people within the compound were killed. The president also thanked the government of Pakistan for their assistance.
This is part of the April 29, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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