The Al-Qaeda leader, 54, is believed to have been the mastermind behind the tragedy of 9/11, when two airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the worst terrorist atrocities in the country’s history.
Reports of Bin Laden’s death began surfacing late on Sunday (01May11) after an almost 10 year manhunt.
U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed the news during a specially televised press conference on Sunday, revealing he received intelligence about Bin Laden’s whereabouts last August (10) and authorised action last week (ends29Apr11). Bin Laden was shot during a U.S.-led military mission earlier on Sunday and his body is currently under U.S. custody. DNA tests have confirmed his identity.
During the live telecast, Obama said, “Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world, the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children.”
Stars from the world of showbusiness were quick to react to the news, taking to their blogs on Twitter.com to voice their astonishment and celebrate the death of America’s public enemy number one.
Hollywood action man and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger writes, “I’m proud of our men and women in uniform. Wherever you are, take a minute to say thank you to one of the brave heroes who serve our country.”
In a series of ‘tweets’, CNN newsman Piers Morgan stated, “Bin Laden dead. Wow… What a moment for Obama. What a moment for America. Magnificent address by the President. And magnificent operation. This is his finest hour.”
Actress Christina Applegate writes, “Let me try this one more time…my heart raced when I heard the news. the terror he caused us was epic.the lives lost, too many..”, while designer Nicky Hilton adds, “After 9 years, 8 months and 20 days justice is finally served. #binladenisdead.”
The news was made even more emotional for rocker Nikki Sixx, who heard the news while in the Big Apple: “Being in New York and hearing that Bin Ladin is dead is icing on the cake…”.
Meanwhile, a stunned LeAnn Rimes exclaims, “Omg (Oh my god), Bin Laden!!! Blessings to our troops and a bit of peace for our country and those who lost loved one’s (sic) in 9/11”, and Spice Girl Melanie Brown writes, “We need to take a moment to give thanks to the soldiers who risked there lives.”