Osama Bin Laden
The 9/11 mastermind, Osama Bin Laden was reportedly shot in the head and his body is in U.S. hands.
The Saudi-born leader of al Qaeda had been hunted since a series of attacks on western targets including the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington that levelled the twin towers of the World Trade Centre and hit the Pentagon.
The White House said Obama would make a late-night statement (US time) but did not announce the topic that he would discuss. It is highly unusual that the president would make a late-night statement with not even a hint about what he would discuss. CNN reported that Obama was expected to say the US had bin Laden’s body. It said bin Laden had been killed by the US in a mansion outside Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital.
Congressional and administration sources say U.S. officials have the body of bin Laden, who was reportedly killed in Afghanistan. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation shortly. President Obama is expected to make a live announcement from the White House momentarily to tell the nation and the world that Osama Bin Laden is dead.
Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (March 10, 1957 – with death announced and confirmed on May 1, 2011) was a member of the wealthy Saudi bin Laden family and the founder of the jihadist organization al-Qaeda, most widely recognized for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. As a result of his dealings in and advocacy of violent extremist jihad, Osama bin Laden lost his Saudi citizenship and was disowned by his billionaire family.
Bin Laden is on the American Federal Bureau of Investigation’s lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists due to his involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings. Since 2001, Osama bin Laden and his organization had been major targets of the U.S. War on Terror. Bin Laden and fellow al-Qaeda leaders were believed to be hiding near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. On May 1st 2011, U.S. officials announced that bin Laden was dead and that the United States was in possession of his corpse.