World Leaders React to bin Laden’s Death

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World leaders are reacting to the news of the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush called bin Laden’s death a “momentous achievement.” Mr. Bush was president when when al-Qaida attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001.


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has called bin Laden’s death a “profoundly important moment.”

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged the Afghan Taliban to refrain from fighting.

Meanwhile, India’s Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the news of bin Laden’s death highlights India’s “concern” that terrorists find “sanctuary” in Pakistan.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the news of the al-Qaida leader’s death brings “great relief” to people across the world.

In the United States, jubilant crowds have gathered outside the White House in Washington, and Times Square in New York – as well as what is known as “ground zero” – to celebrate bin Laden’s death.