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World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist

The death of the al Qaeda leader, who plotted the Twin Towers terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, is hailed by world leaders

World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the news of bin Ladens death had been welcomed across the country
World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist
World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist
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World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist
World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist
World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist
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World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist
World reacts to death of most-wanted terrorist

The death of the al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who plotted the Twin Towers terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, has been hailed by the West. Arabian Business captures the key quotes from world leaders.

British Prime Minister David Cameron

“News of bin Laden's death will be welcomed right across our country. Of course it does not mark the end of the threat we face from extremist terrorism. Indeed, we will have to be particularly vigilant in the weeks ahead. But it is, I believe, a massive step forward.”

Former US President George W. Bush

"The fight against
terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter
how long it takes, justice will be done."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy

“The scourge of terrorism has undergone a historic defeat, but this is not the end of al Qaeda. The fight against these criminals must continue without respite and bring together all countries that are victims of these crimes.”

Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip

"We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood. We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

“[His death is] a decisive strike against al Qaeda. He professed to act in the name of Islam, but in reality he ridiculed the basic values of his and all other religions.

Still, international terrorism has not yet been defeated and we will all have to remain alert.”

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

“This is a great result. Now the fight against terrorism must continue.”

Poland’s Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski

“We are dealing here with one of the greatest villains of the 21st century. He declared war on the US, and that makes it our cause as well.”

The Kremlin, Russia

“Russia was one of the first countries to encounter the dangers posed by global terrorism, and unfortunately knows from direct experience what al Qaeda stands for. Revenge is inescapable for all terrorists.”

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga

“Kenyans are happy and thank the US people, the Pakistani people and everybody else who managed to kill Osama. [His] death can only be positive for Kenya.”

Palestinian Authority, spokesman Ghassan Khatib

“Getting rid of Bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide but what counts is to overcome the discourse and the methods - the violent methods - that were created and encouraged by Bin Laden and others in the world.”

The Vatican, spokesman Father Federico Lombardi

“Osama bin Laden, as everyone knows, had the grave responsibility of having spread division and hate among people, causing the deaths of an innumerable number of people and exploiting religion for these purposes. [This] serves to remind us of each person's responsibility before God and men.”

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble

“The world's most-wanted international terrorist is no more, but the death of bin Laden does not represent the demise of al Qaeda affiliates and those inspired by al Qaeda, who have and will continue to engage in terrorist attacks around the world.”

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