US networks are reporting that Osama bin Laden's body has been buried at sea.
The Al Qaeda chief was killed with a bullet to the head in a
fight that lasted less than 40 minutes in Pakistan. He was said to
have shown resistance during the gun battle. Bin Laden's
adult son was believed to have also been killed.
US networks and newspapers are reporting that a US official has said bin Laden's body was buried at sea. CNN.com reports the official did not release further details about the burial, but said it was handled in keeping with Muslim customs.
The operation in which bin Laden was killed was watched real-time by intelligence officials in a conference room at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, one official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.
It was reported that applause followed the news that the operation in north Pakistan was a success.
The attack took place at a mansion with security gates, high
walls with barbed wire but that there was no internet running into
the property. The official said that DNA testing of bin Laden
had been undertaken.
Live televised address
President Barack Obama made the announcement of bin Laden's death this afternoon.
He said bin Laden, 54, was killed in Abbottabad, a town about 60km north of Islamabad and that his body had been "taken into custody".
Obama said he authorised the operation last week and that it was undertaken today in cooperation with Pakistan.
Speaking at the White House late on Sunday night (US time) in a live televised broadcast, Obama said a "firefight" happened at a compound and that no US operatives were hurt.
Obama said "justice has been done" with the death of bin Laden.
Thousands of jubilant people gathered outside the White House following the announcement by Obama.
People waved the US flag and chanted "USA, USA, USA".
The death of the world's most wanted terrorist was a "good and historic day" for the US, Obama said.
Bin Laden disappeared in Afghanistan in late 2001. His death is being seen as a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team.
Mayor hails bin Laden's death
Nearly 3000 people died in the September 11 attacks in which two hijacked planes brought down New York's iconic Twin Towers.
Another plane flew into the Pentagon and United flight 93 crashed into a field after passengers tried to overpower the hijackers.
The killing of Osama bin Laden is a "critically important victory", New York's mayor said.
Michael Bloomberg said he hoped the death would comfort those who lost loved ones on September 11.
"The killing of Osama bin Laden does not lessen the suffering that New Yorkers and Americans experienced at his hands," he said.
"But it is a critically important victory for our nation - and a tribute to the millions of men and women in our armed forces and elsewhere who have fought so hard for our nation."
New Yorkers told ONE News US correspondent Tim Wilson today that "revenge had been served".
Former President George W. Bush, who left office in 2009, called the death of bin Laden a "momentous achievement", while British Prime Minister David Cameron said the death "will bring great relief" across the world.
Bin laden had been the subject of a search since he eluded US soldiers and Afghan militia forces in a large-scale assault on the Tora Bora mountains in 2001.
The trail quickly went cold after he disappeared and many intelligence officials believed he had been hiding in Pakistan.
Washington has also linked bin Laden to a string of attacks - including the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 bombing of the warship USS Cole in Yemen.
The US State Department has warned of anti-American violence
following bin Laden's killing.
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