Bin Laden Dies While Hiding Behind A Woman

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Word is being floated that Bin Laden will be buried at sea: - I guess Al Qaeda followers are free to visit his grave.

2:31pm It's being reported a woman used by bin Laden as a human shield was also killed. One helicopter used in the raid reportedly had mechanical failure and was destroyed.

2:29pm Egyptian-born doctor and surgeon Ayman al-Zawahri is al-Qaeda's second-in-command expected to succeed Osama bin Laden, Reuters reports.

2:26pm There are reports a crowd of a thousand people have gathered at Ground Zero in New York.

2:25pm Reuters reports that a US official believes Osama bin Laden's adult son and two other adults were also killed during the raid on his compound.

2:24pm The New York Times has published a seven-page obituary for Bin Laden.

2:22pm NBC News cut away from potential presidential candidate Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice on the US East Coast to carry coverage of the announcement. The breaking news also slightly delayed Apprentice on the US West Coast.

2:19pm The US Government has issued a worldwide travel alert after Bin Laden's death.

2:18pm The American ABC reports the large crowd of people, about 200 and growing, outside the White House gates, waved flags, danced, and sang, "Na na na na - na na na na ...Hey hey goodbye" in reference to Osama bin Laden.

2:02pm US Navy Seals were involved in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, a Senior Defence official has reportedly told CNN.

1:57pm The New York Times has revealed how the news of Bin Laden's death leaked out before President Obama's press conference.

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, wrote on Twitter: "POTUS (President of the United States) to address the nation tonight at 10:30 PM Eastern Time." This, and another terse email sent out to journalists, "Get to work", fuelled suspicions that Mr Obama would be announcing the death of Bin Laden.

1:55pm Quotables from President Obama's speech:

His death does not mark the end of our effort. There is no doubt that al-Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us.

1:52pm Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib says the death of Osama bin Laden will not end the war on terror and there is no evidence he masterminded the September 11 attacks.

America is the war on terror, George Bush is the war on Terror. What, you think with Osama bin Laden dying there won't be war any more? There is no evidence he was a terrorist.

1:51pm Contrary to earlier reports that suggested OBL was killed last week, the President says the attack was carried out by a small team of Americans on Sunday, May 1 (US time).

The president said last August he was briefed on a report about the location of bin Laden, hiding within a compound deep within Pakistan, and last week, he authorised the assault on the compound.

The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's efforts to defeat al-Qaeda.

1:45pm The President finishes his speech by quoting from the US pledge of allegiance, saying America is “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

1:44pm See how the world's media has reacted to the death of Osama Bin Laden.

1:42pm "Justice has been done," he says.

1:41pm "The US is not, and never will be, at war with Islam," the president says.

1:40pm The president confirms OBL was killed in a firefight. No Americans or civilians were hurt.

1:38pm President Obama says capturing or killing OBL was "top priority of our war against Al Qaeda".

1:37pm According to trendistics, a Twitter monitoring tool, "Osama" is included in one in five tweets globally at the moment.

1:35pm President Obama has begun his address confirming the US has conducted an operation that has killed Osama bin Laden.

1:33pm The Australian dollar has dropped US0.3c on reports of bin Laden’s death.

1:28pm The report of Bin Laden's death comes the week after UK's Daily Telegraph claimed to have been shown thousands of pages of sensitive documents relating to a decade of interviews in which extremists admit to plotting attacks.

1:23pm A CNN reporter says a Pakistani intelligence official says it is the result of highly sensitive intelligence operation that led to the death of OBL and Pakistani intelligence was involved in the operation.

1:21pm An American, who lives in Brisbane, has told,au she was crying and shaking upon hearing the news of bin Laden’s death because it brought back memories.

As an American who lived an hour outside of New York City on 9/11, this is huge for me. I saw and smelled yellow/brown smoke in the sky for hours, spent six hours waiting in a hospital to donate blood to survivors who were never found, and sleep with the TV news on for weeks afterward (all regular programming was cancelled for at least a month).

1:19pm There's a huge roar as a massive crowd chants the US national anthem The Star Spangled Banner outside the White House.

1:09pm Al Jazeera reports the terror leader was apparently killed in a mansion outside Islamabad.

Correspondents also warn of a possible backlash in Pakistan and Middle Eastern supporters over his death.

12:45pm Rumours of Osama's death were reported on Twitter before the official statement.


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