Some reactions over the killing of Osama Bin Laden
Former US President George W Bush
This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for
people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved
ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but
tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it
takes, justice will be done.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
We hope that the terrorists' activities will be stopped after Osama Bin Laden's death which was his punishment.
And as well, the world should realise what we have repeatedly said all
these years and every single day, that the war against terrorism should
not be followed in the villages of Afghanistan.
Indian foreign ministry
The world must not let down its united effort to overcome
terrorism and eliminate the safe havens and sanctuaries that have been
provided to terrorists in our own neighbourhood. The struggle must
Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Whilst al-Qaeda has been hurt today, al-Qaeda is not finished.
Our war against terrorism must continue. We continue to be engaged in
Afghanistan so that that country does not again become a haven for
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki
The killing of Osama has taken place nearly 13 years after the
terrorist bombings in Nairobi that led to the death of over 200 people,
in an act believed to have been masterminded by Osama. His killing is an
act of justice to those Kenyans who lost their lives and the many more
who suffered injuries.
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“The Americans have backed Israel in killing so many innocent
Palestinians. Muslims will always be proud of sons like Osama bin
Laden,” said Jabbar Malik, a market trader in Rawalpindi, the city home
to Pakistan’s powerful armed forces.
A retired government clerk in Rawalpindi Ishaq
Zaffar said that "Osama bin Laden was not just a man. He was a phenomenon. His killing
will give birth to many more people dedicated to his cause"
Shares rallied as news spread that Osama bin Laden had been killed.
Japan's markets opened on Monday as details of the US assault on the
al-Qaida leader's compound became clearer and Tokyo's Nikkei average
jumped above 10,000 for the first time since mid-March.
In the US, the dollar rebounded from a three-year low, with experts
saying Bin Laden's killing would give a lift to American stocks and
other financial securities.
Meanwhile benchmark crude for June delivery was down $1.23 at $112.70 a
barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York
The market for precious metals also dropped, as analysts warned that silver and gold were losing their "safe haven" appeal.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said Monday that U.S. soldiers should be
withdrawn from Afghanistan and Iraq after the killing of Osama bin
Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks that led to two
"With Bin Laden's death, one of the reasons for which violence has been
practised in the world has been removed," Essam al-Erian, a member of
the Muslim Brotherhood's governing body, told Reuters.
The number two of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mahmud Ezzat said that "Islam is not Bin Laden"
Ezzat said "After September 11, there had been a lot of confusion. Terrorism was mixed up with Islam"
Ezzat added that "In the coming phase, everyone will be looking to the West for just behaviour"
After 11 September 2001, the US issued a list of suspected al-Qaeda
leaders. Many have now been captured or killed, including Osama Bin
Laden, while some new names have emerged.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, an eye surgeon who helped found the Egyptian
Islamic Jihad militant group, is expected to replace Osama Bin Laden as
the leader of al-Qaeda.
Abu Yahya al-Libi
Abu Yahya al-Libi, also known as Hasan Qayid and Yunis
al-Sahrawi, is thought to have been a member of the Libyan Islamic
Fighting Group (LIFG) before he allied himself to Osama Bin Laden.
He has since emerged as al-Qaeda's leading theologian, and most visible
face on video, surpassing Ayman al-Zawahri in recent years.
Libi is believed to have spent five years as a religious student in Mauritania in the 1990s.
Khalid al-Habib, thought to be either Egyptian or Moroccan, was
identified in a November 2005 video as al-Qaeda's field commander in
south-east Afghanistan, while Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was named as its
commander in the south-west.
Habib seems to have assumed overall command after the latter's capture in 2006.
He was described as al-Qaeda's "military commander" in July 2008.
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