US President Barack Obama at the wee hours of Monday, May 2 announced, "Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children."
The statement, which confirmed the news of Osama's death, has not yet received any official response from the Pakistan government . Surprisingly, the Pakistani media has also not given any coverage about the incident yet.
The official site of the popular daily in the country The Dawn is down over technical glitches. Other sites like - The Nation.Com and The Daily Times has not yet given any detail information about the special operation conducted by US.
US forces killed Laden and his family members (six children and two wives) outside a mansion in Abbottabad, 150 km north of Islamabad.
Osama's death at the heart of the country has once again unearthed Pakistan's stand on handling terrorism in its soil. Pakistan had so far denied the presence of al-Qaeda chief in its territory.
With many members in the Osama core group either captured or killed, there are many other recruits who has the capacity to take over the reins of terror from Osama. While memories of the attack on the 'World Trade Centre' still remain fresh in everyone"s mind, the attack was a symbol of assault on the US pride. With the “War against terror" gaining momentum during the Bush regime, it was the Obama administration that bought it to conclusion.
Apart from the twin tower attacks, Al Qaeda was also responsible for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa killing 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as numerous other attempts both successful and otherwise.