U.S. President Barack Obama says the world's most wanted terrorist, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, is dead.
He says the al-Qaida leader was killed in a gun battle with U.S. forces inside Pakistan. He added the U.S. has bin Laden's body.
Mr. Obama is making the announcement in a nationwide television appearance at the White House Sunday night.
This development comes nearly 10 years after the catastrophic attacks by al-Qaida operatives on the United States on September 11, 2001.
Governor Chris Christie today issued the following statement concerning President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed:
"I want to commend President Obama's Administration for its commitment and dedication to finally bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. As the former U.S. Attorney and now Governor of New Jersey, I speak for all the families of this state who have courageously endured the unspeakable and devastating consequences of terrorism. There is hardly a life that has gone untouched in New Jersey by the horrifying assault on American soil that took place on September 11th and today, after years of waiting, justice has finally been delivered. While our fight against terrorism continues, Osama bin Laden's reign of terror has come to an end, sending a clear signal that even in the face of immeasurable horror, democracy and freedom continue to prevail."
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