Osama Bin Laden Killed: Worldwide Reactions

Late Sunday night, President Barack Obama announced that U.S. forces had killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden during an operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden reportedly died in a firefight, shot in the head, following which his body was recovered and was buried at sea*. Reactions in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere were swift and exuberant. Stay tuned: Further images will be added throughout the day, showing responses to the momentous news from around the world. [* This report originally stated the body remained in U.S. custody. A report from the Pentagon now says that the body was buried in the North Arabian Sea.]

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