POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 9:33am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 8:32pm
(MSNBC) WASHINGTON — National media are reporting that a DNA match confirmed that Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed.
U.S. President Barack Obama made the initial announcement last night. Soon after celebrations erupted across the United States, including in front of the White House.
This morning thousands of people gathered at Ground Zero.
The U.S. had searched in vain for Bin Laden since he disappeared in Afghanistan in late 2001.
Details of the death were sparse. A senior U.S. counter terrorism official, who spoke with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation in Pakistan, not by a Predator drone. The official said it happened last week.
We've since learned he was said to have been shot in the eye.
Officials say his body has already been buried at sea.
CNN and Reuters reported that the al-Qaida leader was killed in a mansion outside Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.
It is a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team, having fulfilled the goal once voiced by Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, to bring to justice the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.