May 1, 2011, 8:35 p.m.
Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, was killed in
The historic revelation comes about four months before the 10th anniversary of the devastating Sept. 11 attacks on the
Bin Laden, 54, was a member of a wealthy Saudi family and has been on the FBI's Most Wanted Fugitives List since 1999.
Bin Laden broke with Saudi leaders over their beliefs regarding
Al Qaeda has taken responsibility for the bombings of
Al Qaeda has also claimed responsibility for other attacks on other symbols of
The announcement by Obama from the East Room of the White House came eight years to the day after President Bush announced the end of major combat operations in
Members of Congress were briefed on the news by Vice President Joe Biden throughout the weekend, according to a Senate aide.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, related the news to mourners at a memorial service for political consultant Kam Kuwata. Feinstein said Obama was announcing it on TV as she spoke. However, she announced the news well before Obama began to speak.
Peter Nicholas and Kathleen Hennessey contributed to this report
Obama Announces Death of Osama Bin Laden
U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that the world's most wanted terrorist, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, was killed by
Mr. Obama made the announcement during a live nationwide television address at the White House Sunday night.
This development comes nearly 10 years after the catastrophic attacks by al-Qaida operatives on the
Mr. Obama said bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, but a "mass murderer of Muslims." The president said bin Laden was captured with the help of Pakistani intelligence.