POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 8:15am
UPDATED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 8:21am
The world's most wanted terrorist is dead following a raid by U.S. forces.
Osama Bin Laden is dead.
President Obama broke the news to the world late Sunday night after American Special Forces killed the Al Qaeda leader during a raid in Pakistan.
The nearly decade-long manhunt ended in a dramatic raid that was months in the making.
Bin Laden met his end not in a cave, but a suburban mansion not far from Pakistan's capitol.
Impromptu celebrations erupted outside the White House, at Ground Zero in New York and in towns large and small across the country.
For families who lost loved ones on 9/11, it's a day of closure wrapped in complex emotions.
For nearly a decade bin laden had taunted the United States.
U.S. Intelligence received a break last August, and on Sunday the president gave the go-ahead.
"A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability," Mr. Obama explained. "After a fire fight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."
A violent end to one of the most extraordinary manhunts in history.
Bin Laden's body was buried at sea.