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president barack obama President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden from the White House on May 1, 2011. (Photo: Rex Features via AP Images)

"Justice Has Been Done"

President announces end of Osama bin Laden

May 2 , 2011

by Kid Reporter Editor Suzanne Freeman

The man behind the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil has been killed, announced President Barack Obama from the White House on Sunday. The announcement came at 11:30 p.m. ET from a somber President in the East Wing. As he spoke, students from George Washington University, tourists, and local residents gathered outside the White House gates, singing and waving American flags.

"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," President Obama said. "Justice has been done."

Ten years ago, Osama bin Laden masterminded the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At the time he was working out of Afghanistan. By October, American troops were on the ground in that country looking for the terrorist leader.

He was discovered living in a heavily guarded compound in Pakistan. A team of Navy Seals entered the compound and within 40 minutes had completed the mission.

"We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country," the President said.

President Obama also reassured Americans that the government would continue to protect the U.S. from terrorists.

"The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens," he said. "The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to."

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