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May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden killed

Osama bin Laden is dead. He was 54. The leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network had eluded capture for a decade since the attacks on September 11, 2001. U.S. forces and CIA operatives killed him in a firefight in his hideout compound in the city of Abbotabad, Pakistan. He was buried at sea. -- Lane Turner (27 photos total)

In this Dec. 24, 1998, file photo, Muslim militant and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden speaks to a selected group of reporters in the mountains of Helmand province in Afghanistan. (Rahimullah Yousafzai/AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses after making a televised statement at the White House on May 1. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via Bloomberg) #

The compound, within which Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed, burns after it was attacked in Abbottabad, Pakistan in this still image taken from mobile phone video May 2. (Stringer/Reuters) #

Pakistani soldiers walk past the bin Laden compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters) #

This video frame grab, obtained from ABC News on May 2, shows the interior bedroom in the mansion where Osama Bin Laden was killed May 1. (ABC News/Handout/Reuters) #

A crashed military helicopter is seen near the hideout of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after an operation by U.S. Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

People celebrate in Times Square in New York City after the death of Osama bin Laden was announced by U.S. President Barack Obama May 2. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

A large, jubilant crowd reacts to the news of Osama bin Laden's death at the corner of Church and Vesey Streets, adjacent to ground zero, during the early morning hours of May 2, in New York City. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) #

Servicemen hang off a lamp post cheering in celebration as thousands of people celebrate in the streets at Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center, waving American flags and honking horns to celebrate the death of Al Qaeda founder and leader Osama bin Laden on May 1, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

A small group sits with candles as they react to the news of Osama bin Laden's death on Vesey Street, near ground zero, during the early morning hours of May 2 in New York. (Jason DeCrow/AP) #

Dionne Layne (right) hugs Mary Power as they react to the news of the death of Osama bin Laden May 2 in New York City. At left is the rising tower, 1 World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower. (Mark Lennihan/AP) #

Photographs of firefighters killed on 9/11 are seen outside the World Trade Center site after the death of Osama bin Laden was announced May 2 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

Armed Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officers stand guard in New York's Grand Central Station on May 2. Security was heightened as a result of the announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden. (Stephen Chernin/AP) #

David Huber and Nicole Lozare pay their respect to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the early morning of May 2 at the Pentagon Memorial outside the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #

A pair of women honor their aunt, Cecelia E. Richard, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon, by carrying her picture amongst revelers near the White House in the early morning hours in Washington, May 2. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) #

Revelers wrap themselves in U.S. flags near the White House after President Barack Obama announced that U.S. authorities have recovered the dead body of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in the early morning hours in Washington, May 2. (Jonathan Ernst/AP) #

People gathered around the gazebo on Boston Common after President Barack Obama announced that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden and taken custody of his body May 2. (Cecille Avila for The Boston Globe) #

U.S. Marines of Regiment Combat Team 1 watch as President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden, at Camp Dwyer in Helman Province, Afghanistan on May 2. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images) #

Afghan men working at a TV shop hug each other while watching the news of the death of Osama bin Laden May 2 in Kabul. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

People burn a photograph of Osama bin Laden as they celebrate his death in Ahmedabad, India May 2. (Stringer/Reuters) #

A survivor pays homage at the memorial wall with the engraved names of 248 people killed in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi May 2. The Cooperative Bank building, which was also damaged in the August 7, 1998 truck bomb attack, is reflected on the memorial wall. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #

Images of Osama bin Laden are displayed for sale at a market in Quetta May 2. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters) #

People read newspapers that carry headlines "Osama bin Laden killed" at a newsstand in Hyderabad, Pakistan on May 2. (Pervez Masih/AP) #

People visit the Ground Zero Monument, a memorial to the victims of the 2002 Bali bombings in Kuta, Bali on May 2. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man watches a TV broadcast on the death of Osama bin Laden at Seoul train station in Seoul May 2. (Lee Jin-man/AP) #

People read the extra edition of a Japanese newspaper in Tokyo May 2, reporting Osama bin Laden was killed in an operation by U.S. forces. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP) #

A vendor walks past a sand sculpture of Osama bin Laden created by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik on a beach in Puri, India May 2. (Stringer/Reuters) #



 
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