Bin Laden death brings joy to US
Mon, 02 May 2011 17:23:10 GMT
The killing of Osama bin Laden has prompted thousands of people to gather at Ground Zero in New York -- the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
People waving flags and singing the national anthem on Monday converged where the World Trade Center towers once stood to celebrate after US President Barack Obama claimed bin Laden had just been killed.
Joyous people also chanted "Obama got Osama" in a scene overflowing with patriotism and happiness.
Obama said in a televised speech late Sunday that US forces conducted an operation that killed the al-Qaeda leader in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
In Times Square, several hundred people gathered, singing, chanting “USA, USA” and “Let's Roll,” and waving American flags. The horns from police cars and fire trucks nearby added to the cacophony.
Obama said on Monday that the US had "kept its commitment to justice," adding that the death of bin Laden was "a good day for America.”
In brief remarks before leading a ceremony honoring two Korean War veterans with the Medal of Honor, Obama said the world "is a safer place" today.
The report of bin Laden's death comes while former Pakistani Premier Benazir Bhutto said in a 2007 interview following a failed assassination attempt on her that the al-Qaeda leader was "murdered" years ago.
In response to a question whether any of the assassins had links with the government, Bhutto said, "Yes but one of them is a very key figure in security, he is a former military officer … and had dealings with Omar Sheikh, the man who murdered Osama bin Laden."
Meanwhile, a US official says bin Laden's body has been buried at sea, alleging that his hasty burial was in accordance with Islamic law, which requires burial within 24 hours of death.
This is while burial at sea is not an Islamic practice and Islam does not determine a timeframe for burial.
The official added that finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted man was difficult, so the US decided to bury him at sea.
The lack of transparency over bin Laden's death has cast further doubt over the announcement.