Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, according to an announcement Sunday night by President Barack Obama.
A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said Sunday in a late-night statement at the White House. He said no Americans or civilians were killed.
"Justice has been done," the president said.
A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.
Two senior counter-terrorism officials earlier confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. One said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the operation was based on U.S. intelligence.
Officials have long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
The Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, that killed more than 3,000 people, set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.
Al-Qaida was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.
The U.S. has put its embassies on alert, warning Americans of potential al-Qaida reprisal attacks.
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